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About Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk, described as 'one of the freshest, most original voices in contemporary fiction' (Independent on Sunday), is the author of many books, including The White Castle, The Black Book and The New Life. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2004 Faber published the translation of his novel Snow, which The Times described as 'a novel of profound relevance to the present moment'. His most recent book was Istanbul, described by Jan Morris as 'irresistibly seductive'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. He lives in Istanbul.
Photo by David Shankbone (Orhan Pamuk discusses his new book about love) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
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The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed. The ruling elite therefore mustn’t know the full scope or nature of the project, and panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears. The only clue to the mystery–or crime? –lies in the half-finished illuminations themselves. Part fantasy and part philosophical puzzle, My Name is Red is a kaleidoscopic journey to the intersection of art, religion, love, sex and power.
Translated from the Turkish by Erda M Göknar
It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal and Sibel, children of two prominent families, are about to become engaged. But when Kemal encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation, he becomes enthralled. And once they violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeoisie. In his pursuit of Füsun over the next eight years, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progress—amassing a museum that is both a map of a society and of his heart. Orhan Pamuk’s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize is a stirring exploration of the nature of romance.
On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a well digger and his young apprentice—a boy fleeing the confines of his middle class home—are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating without luck meter by meter, they develop a filial bond neither has known before. But when the boy catches the eye of a stunning red-haired woman who seems as fascinated by him as he is by her, the events that ensue change the young man’s life forever and haunt him for the next thirty years. A tale of family and romance, of youth and old age, of tradition and modernity, The Red-Haired Woman is a beguiling mystery from one of the great storytellers of our time.
Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he’d hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul—“the center of the world”—and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father’s trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut’s side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the “strangeness” in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for.
Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk’s finest achievements.
The Black Book is a stunning tapestry of Middle Eastern and Islamic culture which confirms Orhan Pamuk's reputation as a writer of international stature, comparable to Borges and Calvino.
Galip is an Istanbul lawyer, and his wife, Ruya, has vanished. Could she be hiding out with her half brother, Jelal, a newspaper columnist whose fame Galip envies? And if so, why isn't anyone in Jelal's flat?
As Galip plays the part of private investigator, he assumes the identity of Jelal himself, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even faking his wry columns, which he passes off as the work of the missing journalist. But the amateur sleuth bungles his undercover operation, and with dire consequences.
Richly atmospheric and Rabelaisian in scope, The Black Book is a labyrinthine novel suffused with the sights, sounds, and scents of Istanbul. An unforgettable evocation of the city where East meets West, The Black Book is a boldly unconventional mystery that plumbs the elusive nature of identity, fiction, interpretation, and reality.
«Un libro muy ambicioso en el que he trabajado durante más de una década. La historia tiene lugar en Estambul desde 1975 hasta hoy y trata sobre una pasión obsesiva y una gran pregunta: ¿Qué es el amor en realidad.»
La historia de amor de Kemal, un joven miembro de la burguesía de Estambul, y su pariente lejana Füsun es una extraordinaria novela sobre la pasión rayana en la obsesión. Lo que comienza como una aventura inocente y desinhibida, evoluciona pronto hacia el amor sin límites, y después, cuando Füsun desaparece, hacia una profunda melancolía. En medio del vértigo que le producen sus sentimientos, Kemal no tarda mucho en descubrir el efecto calmante que tienen sobre él los objetos que alguna vez pasaron por las manos de ella. Así, como si se tratara de una terapia para la enfermedad que lo atormenta, Kemal se va haciendo con todos los objetos personales de Füsun que se ponen a su alcance.
El Museo de la Inocencia es un catálogo novelado en el que cada objeto es un instante de esa gran historia de amor. Es también una visita guiada por los cambios que han convulsionado a la sociedad de Estambul desde los años setenta hasta el día de hoy. Pero, sobre todo, es una exhibición de talento a cargo de un escritor que, como su personaje, se ha dedicado durante los últimos años a construir un museo dedicado a una de las más deslumbrantes historias de amor de la literatura contemporánea.
«Pamuk prosigue con su gran proyecto sobre Estambul y forja un futuro clásico para Turquía.»
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
In this fascinating set of essays, based on the talks he delivered at Harvard University as part of the distinguished Norton Lecture series, Pamuk presents a comprehensive and provocative theory of the novel and the experience of reading. Drawing on Friedrich Schiller’s famous distinction between “naïve” writers—those who write spontaneously—and “sentimental” writers—those who are reflective and aware—Pamuk reveals two unique ways of processing and composing the written word. He takes us through his own literary journey and the beloved novels of his youth to describe the singular experience of reading. Unique, nuanced, and passionate, this book will be beloved by readers and writers alike.
Me llamo Rojo es una novela histórica de trama policiaca, un viaje caleidoscópico al terreno fronterizo entre el arte, la religión, el amor, el sexo y el poder.
El Sultán ha pedido a los artistas más reputados del país un gran libro que celebre las glorias de su reino. Su tarea será iluminar esa obra al estilo europeo. Pero como el arte figurativo puede ser considerado una ofensa al Islam, el encargo se convierte a todas luces en una proposición peligrosa. La élite gobernante no debe conocer el alcance ni la naturaleza de ese proyecto, y el pánico estalla cuando uno de los miniaturistas desaparece. La única pista para resolver el misterio -¿quizá un crimen?- reside en las miniaturas inacabadas.
La crítica ha dicho...
«Una intriga singular, suntuosa, de largo aliento.»
John Updike, The New Yorker
«Una novela de fabulosa riqueza, apasionante... Me llamo Rojo podría ser la consagración definitiva de Pamuk como uno de los mejores escritores vivos.»
«No sólo captura el pasado y el presente de Estambul, sino también su terrible e imperecedera belleza. En otras palabras, es casi perfecta.»
«Iluminadora... Pamuk dibuja el Estambul otomano con habilidad y fuerza lingüística... Un mundo rico, cruel y claustrofóbico en el que el arte nos dirige, por oscuros pasadizos, hasta el asesinato.»
«Magnífico... Este libro perfectamente podría ser una de las pocas obras de ficción recientes que se recordarán a finales de siglo.»
«Impresionante... Exquisita... Absorbente.»
The New York Times Book Review
From the Nobel Prize-winning author of My Name Is Red and Snow, a large-format, deluxe, collectible edition of his beloved memoir about life in Istanbul, with more than 200 added illustrations and a new introduction.
Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy--or hüzün--that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire. With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from the lives of his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters--both Turkish and foreign--who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce's Dublin and Borges' Buenos Aires, Pamuk's Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.