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The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk ,. Maureen Freely Translator. His wife, the detective novel—loving Ruya, has disappeared. Galip pursues every conceivable clue, but the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and when he receives a death threat, he begins to fear the worst.
With its cascade of beguiling stories about Istanbul, The Black Book is a brilliantly unconventional mystery, and a provocative meditation on identity. For Turkish literary readers it is the cherished cult novel in which Orhan Pamuk found his original voice, but it has largely been neglected by English-language readers. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 11th by Vintage first published March More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Black Book , please sign up. See 1 question about The Black Book…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Black Book. Dec 20, Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-books , nobel-prize , turkish-authors , istanbul.
The first sounds of a winter morning seeped in from outside: the rumble of a passing car, the clatter of an old bus, the rattle of copper kettles that the salep maker shared with the pastry cook, the whistle of the parking attendant at the dolmus stop.
A cold leaden light filtered through the dark blue curtains. The wondrous sights playing in her mind gave her an unearthly glow that pulled him toward her even as it suffused him with fear. Memory, Celal had once written in a column, is a garden. Galip is a lawyer in Istanbul. His wife Ruya has disappeared leaving him a brief note. He hides her leaving from his family. Did she go back to her first husband whom she was married to for just a few years? Or could she have run off with his uncle, Celal, a nationally famous newspaper columnist?
Celal too has disappeared. One persistent called threatens his life. Instead of a lot of plot, we get essays about life in Turkey and Turkish culture from numerous columns written by Celal and from conversations such as when a group of reporters sit around the table and tell stories. There ae many themes in the book but I think first it is a love story. Galip grew up with Ruya they are cousins and he has loved her since he was a child.
Galip want to be Celal. Celal wants to be Rumi, a famous Persian poet. Galip runs into an old girlfriend from school days and finds out she is still in love with him and fantasizes that she is Ruya. A brothel that Galip visits specializes in women who look, act and speak like American movies stars. There are a lot of references to American films and movie stars from the era of Edgar G. The columnist writes about how Western films even changed Turkish gestures.
Kind of like astrology. And faces you discern by superimposing maps over each other, such as maps of Istanbul, Cairo and Damascus. And what are the odds of this: a novel I reviewed two weeks ago, The Tango Singer by Tomas Eloy Martinez, also talked about the main character looking for secret clues on a map of where a singer spontaneously performed in Buenos Aires.
Is that a theme? Perhaps Pamuk got the idea of writing his novel Snow after writing this book. It's also a love story to the city of Istanbul: it's beauty as well as its seediness. I really enjoyed this book and the depth of thought on a wide variety of topics.
Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in The edition I read had a tiny font and hardly any margins and went for almost pages; other editions in English are or even pages long, so it is an extensive read that can be a bit trying in places but generally I never felt it was getting repetitive or losing focus.
Photos of Istanbul: top from cloudfront. Photo of the author from i. View all 17 comments. Aug 07, Henry Avila rated it liked it. The big issue from Orhan Pamuk 's , a Nobel Prize winning writer, novel is identity The setting Istanbul, Turkey, the largest city in the nation, straddling the bright blue waters of the narrow , and rather shallow , but still even today quite This is the ultimate problem for its divided people, do we become westernized or remain with traditional, old customs They go see ancient Hollywood films, some 20 ye The big issue from Orhan Pamuk 's , a Nobel Prize winning writer, novel is identity They go see ancient Hollywood films, some 20 years old, at the movie theaters, no television then enamored by the stars, copy what is shown, clothes, manners, language, everything, the values from the past are no more.
Galip Bey, mid -thirty, is an uninspired lawyer not happy in the occupation , in his native, fast growing town, married to the beauty Ruya, a woman of the same age, he has known since childhood. Intelligent with a propensity for reading detective books, one after another, not interested in work, lately him too.
His famous older cousin by more than twenty years Celal Bey, a newspaper writer with a column that all the city reads, in fact the whole nation and beyond the borders, he is the most read in the Middle East..
No surprise that Galip is a big admirer of his relative's sophisticated writing, has many enemies, though, dabbles in dangerous politics , he is also Ruya's half-brother. Turmoil consumes the people's daily lives there, political violence and killings in the streets, many urge a military coup to cleanse the atmosphere, bring unity and calm back Mysteriously Ruya leaves him, later Celal cannot be found either, have they run off together? Then begins the long search by the husband to discover where they are hiding.
A "Heart of Darkness" voyage on land , as he walks through ominously deserted streets , lights fade in sunless places, shadows fall on filthy , evil smelling slums Galip has a feeling, a strange disturbing belief He continues the seemingly fruitless odyssey.. A strange trip into Turkish history and the crisis in that magnificent country, what is its destiny?
A book that both entertains and causes boredom to the reader, if a person wants to find the real Turkey, this is the book, but be patient, the story will delight and frustrate, the plot is not really important The author's love hate relationship with a city he was born in, is apparent.
View all 9 comments. Feb 21, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: fictions-of-the-big-it , worldly-lit , re-readers. I don't reread books very often, not because I don't want to, blahblahblah My experience of reading this one was a good example of a certain kind of reader's disease. The kind where even though you are trying to focus your attention on the story, the language, etc your eyes start to water and you kind of glaze over in your mind, turning pages and sort of dimly registering the story.
It's not "reading",per se, but it's not skimming either. It's not b this is a rare example of a reread for me. It's not bullshitting your way through the book- it's more that when you read a lot your brain or at least mine kind of gets blurry when the story or the language doesn't exactly burst out at you. I think it also makes a difference when the writer's particular style doesn't mesh well with your own individual brain chemistry. His way of seeing is somewhat at odds with yours.
It's not a philosophical difference so much as its about The pacing of the story, the level of and type of detail, the way he describes a room or how much of it, the length and construction of sentences
A Strangeness in My Mind
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It is the story of boza seller Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years' worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul. In the four decades between and , Mevlut works a number of different jobs on the streets of Istanbul, from selling yoghurt and cooked rice, to guarding a car park. He observes many different kinds of people thronging the streets, he watches most of the city get demolished and re-built, and he sees migrants from Anatolia making a fortune; at the same time, he witnesses all of the transformative moments, political clashes, and military coups that shape the country. He always wonders what it is that separates him from everyone else - the source of that strangeness in his mind.
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