A Spurned Lover

Still, the melancholy of this dying culture was all around us.  Great as the desire to westernize and modernize may have been, the more desperate wish was probably to be rid of all the bitter memories of the fallen empire, rather as a spurned lover throws away his lost beloved’s clothes, possessions, and photographs.

–Orhan Pamuk
Istanbul (2006, p.29)
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