Stephen Batchelor – Verses from the Center
Poetic translation of Nagarjuna’s classic. Brilliant.
Jean-FranÃ§ois Revel and Matthieu Ricard – The Monk and the Philosopher
Orhan Pamuk – Istanbul: Memories and the City
HERE is what Bruce Sterling says about the last author:
He put his own life on the line and he won a fine victory for Turkish civil society here. My fez is off to this guy. Pamuk is a major 21st century literary figure. He’s the kind of writer who gets streets and parks and high schools and statues named after him. (Once the authorities have him safely shoveled under, that is.)
I loved visiting Istanbul and am looking forward to reading this last book.