Friday, February 17, 2012

Istanbul, Turkey

He may be in Istanbul (really, Üsküdar on the Asian side), but the face and build betray his Black Sea origins. I wonder if he is a construction worker; I wonder if he is given to song; I wonder if he speaks his native tongue. All but the last would be typical of the Laz, a people with roots in the Caucasus. [2007]

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