Are you looking for a good book set in Turkey? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites, ranging from historical fiction to contemporary romance. Whether you’re looking to learn more about Turkish culture or to get lost in a captivating story, these books set in Turkey are sure to please. So grab a cup of tea and get cozy with these great reads!
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is a modern country with a captivating blend of antiquity and contemporary. Its history and culture reflect the apparent contradictions often emanating from this fascinating country.
Crystal clear waters, tall mountains, the ruins of ancient empires, small idyllic villages, huge cosmopolitan cities—Turkey’s many facets make it so unique and why it has continued to attract visitors. If you’ve never visited or simply long to go back, these books set in Turkey will transport you there and inspire a future adventure!
Books Set in Turkey
The Time of Mute Swans by Ece Temelkuran (2017)
This timely, bestselling novel about a military coup in Turkey, told through the eyes of two children, resonates deeply with events there today.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934)
Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak (2017)
The Baklava Club by Jason Goodwin (2014)
In four previous novels, Jason Goodwin’s Inspector Yashim, the eunuch detective, has led us through stylish, suspenseful, and colorful mysteries in the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire. Now, in The Baklava Club, Yashim returns for his final adventure-and his most thrilling yet.
Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali (1943)
Available in English for the first time, this best-selling Turkish classic of love and alienation in a changing world captures the vibrancy of interwar Berlin. Emotionally powerful, intensely atmospheric, and touchingly profound, Madonna in a Fur Coat is an unforgettable novel about new beginnings, the relentless pull of family ties, and the unfathomable nature of the human soul.
A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (2014)
Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga (1950)
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak (2013)
The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1954)
More by Hakan Günday (2016)
Memed, My Hawk by Yaşar Kemal (1955)
Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon (2012)
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay (1956)
The Winter Thief by Jenny White (2010)
Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene (1970)
Human Landscapes from my Country by Nazim Hikmet (2009)
Silent House by Orhan Pamuk (1983)
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (2009)
The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk (1990)
Turkish Reflections by Mary Lee Settle (1991)
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk (2008)
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk (1998)
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