Number seven in the series of eight.
Istanbul, formerly Constantinople,
and before that the imperial city of Byzantium, is the jewel
of Turkey. Beyond it lies the huge landscape of dry, eroded
plains, the hard country of the remote villages. This huge
city, rich with relics of the past and glittering with monumental
structures of the present, sprawls on the edge of the sea
and serves as the mythological gateway to East and West across
the Bosphorus. By day it is one of the noisiest cities known,
combining all the clatter of the modern world with all the
traditional sounds of street merchants and open-air markets.
By night it is almost silent, except for the occasional sound
of spontaneous song-wailing, gutteral songs with few words.
This lullaby shares that verbal simplicity, depending upon
repetitive sounds as words. For all the excitement that Istanbul
offers, most of the people have their hearts in the rough,
and simple life of the far-away villages with their families.
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