Schwarzer Tee und blaue Augen (Black tea and blue eyes)

Meine Reise durch Anatolien. Von Istanbul zum Berg Ararat.

October 2014, Dumont-Reiseverlag
330 pages; language: German
Price: € 14.99 * € 12.99 (E-Book)
ISBN-13: 978-3770182633

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Summary

If you threw Germany, Russia, Greece, Egypt and Iran into a blender, Turkey would probably come out.

Gerald Drißner travels through Anatolia – from Istanbul to the Mediterranean, through desert-like landscapes, to the green coast of the Black Sea, to Kurdistan and to the cold mountain regions of the East.

He visits a remote valley where the best chess players are said to live and meets the man who wants to build Turkey’s largest ski resort. He travels to where the apostle Paul began his Christian mission and to a village that is struggling to survive.

While drinking tea he learns what the Deep State is, why the head of government hates cigarettes, what moustaches have to do with politics and how blue glass eyes protect against misfortune. The journey ends where Turkey borders on Iran and where once Noah’s Ark is said to have stranded.

Reviews

On the cover of the book a small text is added to the title: "Encounters in Turkey". And this is exactly what makes the (typically Austrian?) charm of the book. Drißner does not lecture, he does not show the reader what he knows about this country on the Bosporus - he meets the intellectuals with the same curiosity as the people from villages far away from the modern big cities.

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Göschenhaus-Journal

Gerald Drißner is a travel journalist of the new generation. He is the counter-draft to today's unfortunately usual rapid research. Gerald Drißner moves to the country he wants to write about. Learns the language, lets himself be driven. The results are travel books like the one from Egypt or now the latest from Turkey. This book isn't a travel guide, but a source of inspiration to understand a country.

Jürgen Drensek

Das Reiseradio

Recommended!

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