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Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu's book waited on the shelf in the bookshelf for four years before it was finally purchased.

ISTANBUL, late September - For four years, the book "The Blue Cruise Notebooks," by the Turkish artist and poet Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, waited for me on a shelf at the Robinson Crusoe Book Store on Istiklal Street here. And for four years I waited and didn't buy the book, available only in Turkish, over the Internet or during any of my previous visits, as though to test whether time would diminish my...