I have not read Dan Brown’s latest best-selling novel (out in paperback last month), Inferno. I won’t kid you. I’m not a big fan of Dan Brown. But since you may be a fan of the novel, and I am definitely a fan of travel that focuses on literature, this tour caught my eye and I wanted to share it.
In the words of the website:
When Dan Brown was researching Inferno, he visited Istanbul in 2009 and met with renowned tour-guide Serhan Güngör. Brown later revealed that Serhan was the inspiration behind the character Mirsat, the enthusiastic guide who shows Langdon around the Hagia Sophia, before becoming increasingly bewildered and concerned by the professor’s mystifying antics. In conjunction with esteemed travel agents, istanbulstepbystep.com (FEST Travel), Serhan is now offering tours ‘In Search of Dan Brown’s Historic Pensinula.
If you want to tour Dan Brown’s Istanbul, get the scoop at that website.
Other books set in or about Istanbul
Istanbul: A Cultural History (2012) by Peter Clark Like it says, a cultural history of Istanbul. Beautifully done. See the review here.
Strolling Through Istanbul, The Classic Guide to the City by Hilary Sumner-Boyd & John Freely (Originally published 1972; new edition, 2010) An old guide book that may never be topped. See the review here.
The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich (2014) Historical novel set in Constantinople amidst the intrigue of the court. See the review here.
The Dervish by Frances Kazan (2013) Historic novel set at the end of the Ottoman Empire. See the review here.
The Serenity Murders by Mehmet Murat Somer A contemporary Istanbul mystery with a very different lead character. By a Turkish author. See the review here.
Letter from a Stranger (2012) by Barbara Taylor Bradford Although this author is not MY cup of tea, she has some evocative descriptions of Istanbul that stick with me. See the review here.
The Topkapi Secret (What They Learn About the Koran Could Change the World…or Cost Them Their Lives) by Terry Kelhawk (2010) An adventure regarding controversial researchon the Koran. Set in today’s Topkapi Palace and various Istanbul neighborhoods. See the review here.
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