Extract from The Museum of Innocence

On arriving in a new cityI would move into the old but comfortable and centrally located hotel that I had booked from Istanbul, and armed with the knowledge acquired from the books and guides read in adcance, I would begin my rounds of the city’s most noteworthy museums, never rushing never skipping a single one, like a student meticulouslycomleptin an assignment. And then I would scan the flea markts, the shops selling trinkets and knickknaks, a few antique dealers; if I happened on a saltshaker, an ashtray, or a bottle opener identical to one I’d seen in the Keskin.

From The Museum of Innocence, translated by Maureen Freely, Alfred A. Knopf/Random house, 2009.

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