More than a decade in the making, Istanbul’s Museum of Innocence, the brainchild of Turkey's Nobel Literature Prize laureate Orhan Pamuk, offers visitors a chance to reenter a politically turbulent period in Turkey’s recent history -- the 1960s and 70s.
"It’s the first question people always ask -- why does a writer want to build a museum?" said Pamuk in an interview with EurasiaNet.org. "I love museums. I like going to museums. Not the big ones, but small ones in Europe's backstreets, where you feel you go back in time."
That is precisely what Pamuk's museum, which opens on April 28, seeks to do. The museum, located in a narrow 19th century building in Istanbul’s central Beyoğlu District, features 83 displays on everyday Istanbul life -- everything from ID cards to a toothbrush -- drawn from the 83 chapters of Pamuk’s eponymous 2008 novel “Museum of Innocence.”
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Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.