8 WRITERS 8 CITIES

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He that travels knows much. The cities identified with the authors are the most beautiful sightseeing spots for those who love to read and travel. Here are 8 authors identified with their 8 cities.

 1. Franz Kafka – Prag, Czechia

Prague, the capital of Kafka’s world with full of uncertainty and darkness. This city, where Kafka had almost never left until his death, is a symbol of both his depressed days and most beautiful memories of his life. You can see the traces of Kafka all over this bohemian city, which you see often in his writings. Prague is an absolute stop for every traveler who draws a literary route. You shouldn’t consider returning back without seeing the Kafka Museum, the house where the author was born and the statues. 

 

2 Fyodor Mihayloviç Dostoyevski – St. Petersburg, Russia

Prague, the capital of Kafka’s world with full of uncertainty and darkness. This city, where Kafka had almost never left until his death, is a symbol of both his depressed days and most beautiful memories of his life. You can see the traces of Kafka all over this bohemian city, which you see often in his writings. Prague is an absolute stop for every traveler who draws a literary route. You shouldn’t consider returning back without seeing the Kafka Museum, the house where the author was born and the statues.

 

3.  James Joyes- Dublin, Irland

Joyes, in his story book -The Dubliners-, had shown what a great Dublin lover with 15 stories which express cityscapes. He owed both his distinctive style and his privileged place in world history of literature to his 58 years life in this city. When he died at the age of 58 in Zurich, Swiss  which is far from his beloved city, Joyce said that Dublin would always be in his heart. “Once upon a time a British queen told ‘Calais’ would write on her heart when she died, you’ll find ‘Dublin’ on mine.” he said.

 

4. Victor Hugo – Paris, France

Victor Hugo wrote his unique work, Notre Dame, to increase the sensitivity of the public to save Notre Dame Cathedral, which was decided to be demolished due to negligence. Imagine, the love of an author in the city, saving a cathedral first, and then leaving a unique piece in the history of world’s literature. Could there be a better thing to discover Paris while following up Hugo’s great love.

 

5.  Charles Dickens – Londra, England

 

The importance of London in the life of the author is undisputed as the source of the immortal works of Dickens, such as the Great Hopes, the Story of Two Cities, Oliver Twist. In Dickens’s works, known as one of the best writers of the Victorian era, his relationship with the architecture of the city also offers a unique literary-architectural tour to literary travelers. In the meantime, those who would like to go to London by following Dickens, should visit the Dickens Festival in Rochester, which is 50 km away, which held twice a year, in January and June, since 1988. This festival, which is very colorful in stark contrast to the gray weather of London, hosts the participants of the transition ceremony with the make-up and clothing of the characters in the author’s work.

 

6.  Pablo Neruda – Santiago, Chile

Chilean great writer Neruda’s city, the capital Santiago, hosted his epic life with full of love, poetry and political struggles. Santiago is one of the must be visited stop of a South American literature tour. A visit to the capital city, where the poet passed away at the age of 69, will also be a moment of silence.

 

7.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Aracataca, Colombia

The great author Marquez, considered the most important representative of the Magical Reality movement in world literature, has a city with millions of lives where he adds meaning through his existence and words, Aracatara. Macondo, which hosts Century of Solitude, is actually Aracataca, the poor village of Colombia in which he was born. The house where he was born converted into a museum is among the most visited museums in Colombia. Aracataca, thanks to Marquez, has announced its name to the whole world.

 

8.  Dante – Floransa, Italy

 

In fact, it is not possible to identify Florence with a single artist. But in Italy, the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to literature is Dante, of course. One of the symbols of Florence is Dante’s House which you can trace the life of legendary poet who wrote Divina Commedia. It is possible to get to know Dante better in Florence, which is the most important stop on a tour of a literary travel.

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