Where? Istanbul, Turkey
Recommended by Jan Baker
Robinson Crusoe has been selling English-language books for almost fiftteen years and has always had an up-to-date and relevant collection of fiction and non-fiction items. It has one of the best selections of Turkish writing and Turkish literature translated into English. The shop's interior resembles a literary bricolage set in an old-world library, with dozens and dozens of dark-wood shelves climbing from the very ground along the walls all the way up to the ceiling, and assiduous shop assistants balancing on ladders trying to reach the dusty tomes at the top. When not performing acrobatic feats, the staff there are more than helpful and will order any books that are not in stock.
Existing since 1994, Robinson Crusoe Kitabevi (bookshop) stocks a decent selection of everything from fiction and philosophy to current affairs and history reads, as well as a rather good range of travel books and magazines and newspapers in English and French. The bookstore also stocks books in Turkish.
Robinson Crusoe Kitabevi
Istiklal Caddesi 389
Phone and Email:
+90 (0)212 2936968
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