W the Bellinicard’s, W Jason Goodwin che, oltre a Istanbul, dimostra di conoscere molto bene Venezia, che è la mia città! Anche questo libro ha costituito un piacevole viaggio tra memoria storica, fantasia e realtà. Grazie e al prossimo libro con Yashim & Co. !
Ottimo Bellini Card! Ho appena chiuso l’ultima pagina e sono tornato tra le mie mura dopo un’affasciante viaggio nell’800 dove ho goduto ad essere lo spettatore di una avventura che merita di essere letta tutta d’un fiato. Thank you Mr. Goodwin. Come back soon with another Yashim & Palewsky novel.
Jason Goodwin is probably one of the best writers at the moment.
I have read The Janissary Three in Dutch and Turkish,The snake stone and the Bellini card.Wonderfull and very exciting books,thanks Jason Goodwin.Please keep on writing about The Janissarie’s.I wish you and your family good luck.
I MUST simply agree: Jason Goodwin is one the best writers nowadays! And together with John Freely´s guidbooks he allow us to see more plastic this amazing city – Istanbul in it´s crucial periode of time of changes of ottoman´s sultanate. And – oh, yes, Mr. Goodwin: thank you for your books and thank you for the adventure by searching of Kara Davut street in istanbul´s Fener district as well!
Thank you for many hours of pleasure spent in Yashim’s Istanbul. I am the classic avid reader who fondly recalls favorite books but cannot remember details and is too lazy to dig them out. Please help me. Am I dreaming, or did Yashim have an overt sexual experience in one of the novels? I say he did; a fellow admirer says he did not.
My affection and admiration–for Yashim and your excellent stories–will not be affected either way.
Yashim had a reasonably overt experience in The Janissary Tree, with the Russian ambassador’s wife – and another, subtler afternoon with Amelie in the Snake Stone. In The Bellini Card it was Palewski who took the male lead. So I think you win and your friend needs to re-read the salient passages…
Thanks for writing!
Jason, is there any likelihood of your novels being made into films? I always feel while reading them that they would adapt very well.
Thanks for that – as it happens, I’ve just signed an option with Red Arrow, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
I do hope so. I agree that your books would make excellent films.
I just finished all four books, the first begun in literary ignorance while visiting Istanbul. I am riveted by Istanbul: maybe a bit like Palermo with hijabs? Also couldn’t put down the book of your walk from Gdansk to Istanbul.
Thanks for writing, Jason!
Any news on the film version(s) front?
Hi Jason, like the video. I have only just recently found your books and am reading thru them. Am very taken with them and they are my summer reading- two to go. One thing, id love a simple map of old Istanbul with the books. I read the Kindle versions using my iPad so i can access a map as i read. Still one with each book would be preferable.
Glad to hear you are enjoying the books – hope the sun shines, too! As for maps, yes.
Write to the publishers – faber/FSG.
It’s all I can suggest!
I want to thank you for your Yashim books. I love Istanbul and I am a great lover of Ottoman history. It is hard (impossible?) to find good novels based on either. I hope that there will be many more coming in the future.
hi Jason i have read all the Yashim books and as i have visited Istanbul i can relive my trips through your books !!! i love the way your characters come to life and hope that their is a fourth book on its way?
I didn’t rate Hercule Poirot’s films but really want to see Yashim and co bought to life on big screen any chance this is going to happen?
Tesekur ederim elelerne sahlik olsun Jason.
Fingers crossed – last week we were talking about ALAN RICKMAN playing Palewski..! Film talk is so much more unreal than fiction; it’s wait and see.
So glad you liked the books. nb You’ve missed one – an Evil Eye is No. 4 – out now already in paperback.
iyi dilek ve teşekkür!
Oh good; glad there is a fourth one; must get local library to order it in!
OH! Hadn’t read this comment! Is this still on? Alan Rickman totally rocks!
Doesn’t he just? And Xavier Bardem as Yashim? I live to dream! However yes, it’s on, moving gradually, looking for finance/distribution, as ever. Thanks for asking!
Fingers crossed, then!
(btw, Javier Bardem *or* Mark Sheppard!)
Hmmm, Sheppard – good suggestion! Thanks.
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where’s the recipe for Imam Byildi ? and other turkish ..delights / goodies ?
Fingers crossed – I’m going to be doing a Yashim cookery app soon! It’ll be a gorgeous affair, with all Yashim’s favourite recipes and others from his friends…
How about Mark Strong for Yashim?
Perfect! We have the dream cast, thanks.
Cate Blanchett for the Valide – sensual, intelligent; Geoffrey Rush for Palewski? Have fun with your production, but don’t stop writing your books!
I’m glad you like the casting ideas, it’s good to dream. I’ve seen Mark Strong in a few things, and he has an intriguing restraint and understated charm. His characterization of Jim Prideaux in the recent Tinker Tailor was breathtaking. With anticipation and all good wishes, Kathleen
dear jason – i love your books and would like to see them filmed. i noted that in july 2011 (!) you wrote that “[ you had] just signed an option with Red Arrow, so [was] keeping [your] fingers crossed!” – but nothing seems to have happened. is this still on the cards? happy new year! douwe
Dear Douwe, In films, I think, nothing is clear until the credits roll – that option lapsed, I signed another with a very hot sounding Hollywood guy, and that fizzled out. I’ve fielded enquiries since, but no real action. So I am still crossing my fingers. Thanks for your kind message! Best, Jason
Dear Jason – We’re right there with you, fingers crossed and waiting! With all best wishes, Kathleen
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