PROUST
What if you moved to a new building and your upstairs neighbor is the French writer Marcel Proust…
Editor: Ali Tufan Koç

Harp performer Madame Marie Williams and her husband, a dentist, moves to the 102 Boulevard Haussmann building in Paris in the spring of 1908, and this incident leaves a ‘small’ mark in the literary world. Because, their new neighbor is the French writer Marcel Proust, and the ‘noise pollution’ the couple cause during the restoration influences Proust’s world. When Proust has difficulties in working and sleeping due to the construction sounds, he decides to communicate with his neighbors in his own language and style. A correspondence begins between Proust and Madame Marie.

This is a novel miniature as Proust’s student Jean-Yves Tadié mentions in the book’s preface. A bit of imagination, knowledge on Proust and French breeze are mandatory to complete the missing pieces. It is a pleasure in itself to grasp Proust’s elaborative approach, his gentle tone, and his profound empathetic efforts. It is also a review/study of an era: We witness how a generation lives with art, poetry and kindness.

These are the traces of a romantic era. The products of gracefulness, kind requests and precious gifts accompany delicately written emotions. At some point, Proust shares parts from the second volume of his masterpiece ‘In Search of Lost Time’; other times a magnificent bouquet of flowers complement the letter.  When it is Proust we talk about, who is known for his sensitivity towards - or even phobia of - noise, the literary value of the letter series proves to be indisputable. There is so much to learn from Proust’s letters.

FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
FINDS
CASE SERIES
ALL ARCHIVES
FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
THE DIAMOND FOLD

The art of using the right napkin in four steps.

FINDS
THE BARBICAN CENTRE

Is the Barbican Centre, one of the greatest examples of brutalist architecture, a monument of ugliness or an architectural gem?

CASE SERIES
MEMOR(Y)IAL DESTRUCTION

The art month in Istanbul is September and for me it took a start with the exhibition “Memor(y)ial Destruction”.

BLACKOUTS
SEGOVIA

‘In Medina del Campo the history of Spain can be experienced on its streets, its public places and in the cluster of historical buildings in the city center. This is the city of Isabella, Queen of Spain.’

LOVE LETTERS
FEM GÜÇLÜTÜRK

The love letter to Çıtlık Ağacı (Turpentine Tree) that botanist Fem Güçlütürk wrote is reflecting something beyond the love that we know.

SENSES
AYŞE BOYNER

We feel Ayşe Boyner’s high energy through all of her senses.

CITIZENS
NURAY ADA

Best friend, a local break spot, a deep relaxing breath, or maybe a handful of mud ready to be shaped…