Without a guide, driven only by his own curiosity, Klaus Reichert travels to Anatolia, Istanbul and the Aegean coast. He explores the strip of land where Adam and Eve are said to have settled after their expulsion from Eden and where Moses struck water from a stone. He talks to an old stonemason and a young teacher, following in the footsteps of the brilliant architect Mimar Sinan, and probes the mysteries of his mosques. He visits one of the last remaining colonies of a rare breed of ibis and walks the wide expanses surrounding the archaeological sites of western Turkey. Finally, he draws parallels between kilim weaving, minimal music, and modernity as a whole. Under Klaus Reichert's gaze, what is seen, questioned and learned is compacted like warp and weft into colourful and provoking images and patterns. This is a book that uncovers hidden depths to a land we thought we knew, but it shows that we have much to learn.
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