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Fred and Virginia, two expatriates living in Istanbul and working at the university, come home one night to find their apartment occupied by a family of Greeks. Barred by a quirk of Turkish law from evicting them, Fred comes to a strange kind of understanding with their new squatters; looking to make his fortune before returning to the States, he starts a paper-writing racket with the Greek patriarch, selling term papers to his own university students. Between get-rich schemes and run-ins with Kurdish separatists, Fred watches the transformation of his new city as historic neighborhoods are gobbled up by greedy developers and the city's rapacious elite. Lauded by T.C. Boyle as "utterly charming," Not Constantinople is the story of a region in transition and the uncertainty of life in a foreign country.
Dzanc Books, 9781941088753, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
About the Author
Nicholas Bredie is a writer who lived and worked in Istanbul, Turkey from 2010 to 2013. Currently he is a University Fellow at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nora Lange, and their dog. Not Constantinople is his first novel.