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The Black Book - Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely
The Black Book
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A New Translation and Afterword by Maureen FreelyGalip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective novel–loving Ruya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband or Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist? But Celâl, too, seems to have vanished. As Galip investigates, he... show more
A New Translation and Afterword by Maureen FreelyGalip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective novel–loving Ruya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband or Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist? But Celâl, too, seems to have vanished. As Galip investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Celâl's identity, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even writing his columns. 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. Now, in Maureen Freely’s beautiful new translation, they, too, may encounter all its riches.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400078653 (1400078652)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 466
Edition language: English
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kelian
kelian rated it
5.0 El libro negro (Kara Kitap / The Black Book) (Punto de Lectura) (Spanish Edition)
He decidido que la verdad a la que tú llamabas misterio y tras la que nos has hecho correr durante tantos años (habla al columnista Celâl), eso que sabías sin saber y sobre todo que escribías sin comprenderlo, es lo siguiente: ¡en este país nadie puede ser él mismo! En el país de los derrotados y lo...
tricours
tricours rated it
I'd like to give this book 3.5. It's really an interesting book, and a very rich one which could be analyzed to death. But - it didn't grab me, I couldn't not put it down, etc., and some parts of it were a bit tedious. I will remember it though! Also, extra points for the structure of the book!
Words of a Bibliophile
Words of a Bibliophile rated it
0.0
This is going to the unfinished pile. The writing style is too dense, and I just don't have the patience to plow through it right now. Also, the chapters alternate between the not-so-straightforward narrative and newspaper columns, and after the first such column I just wanted to skip them all.
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