last updated: 30 Oct 2010
I have read the novel, The Museum of Innocence, in Turkish last year. In strictly literary terms, this is his weakest novel. However, a very different sort of project intended here. An actual museum has been built in Istanbul and will be opened soon. This book is a novel-catalogue that actual museum and a great documentary of a particular section of Istanbul’s everyday life. Another intervention to the lives of republican Turkish elites. In the mean time, I have a plan to assign the first 100 pages to my first year students which has a very rich account of approaches to relations, sex and gender roles which are still valid in contemporary Turkish lives.
I was not in love with the literary level of narratives particularly but towards the end I fell in love and in the last pages I remember feeling sad and crying… Thank you Orhan Pamuk. You do enrich our lives.
“Love as a relic, frozen in amber
By Marie Arana
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE
By Orhan Pamuk
Translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely
Knopf. 535 pp. $28.95
One of the trickier subjects in fiction is that of the hapless suitor, besotted with love, locked in a lifelong obsession with a woman he can neither leave nor have. Yet, for all the perils of that soupy scenario, great literature has come of it. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote memorably of just such a man in ‘The Great Gatsby’; William Styron, in ‘Sophie’s Choice’; Gabriel García Márquez, in ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’; and Mario Vargas Llosa, in ‘The Bad Girl.'”…
last update: 23 December 2009
Museum of modern hearts
Pamuk’s melodramatic plot of is a reference to the Romeos and Juliets of Turkish cinema’s golden age. Ara Guler / Magnum In Orhan Pamuk’s new novel,
October 27, 2009
Turkish novelist and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk describes his latest work as a love story that “doesn’t put love on a pedestal.” Instead, The Museum of Innocence is about one man’s obsession with a beautiful young woman ? and the museum collection he dedicates to the affair that derailed his life.
Set in Istanbul in the 1970s and 1980s, the novel focuses on the subtle ways people communicate love ? including glances, silences and cherished mementos.
Why is Orhan Pamuk hated so much in Turkey?
Just go to Google and write in Orhan Pamuk and ?hain? (the Turkish equivalent of traitor) and you will get almost 40000 hits. There are many Turks who hate
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The Armenian Mirror-Spectator
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The Canadian Press
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San Francisco Chronicle
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The Museum Of Innocence
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To solve Turkey’s culture clash, old elite must yield to free speech
Christian Science Monitor
An interview with Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk about his latest book, ‘The Museum of Innocence.’ Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish novelist, won the Nobel
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By James Furbush
?In 1999, writer Orhan Pamuk bought a three story building in Istanbul to interact as a museum with his new novel, ?Museum of Innocence,? a first of its kind of this application. He hired an architect, Ihsan Bilgin, before he started
San Francisco Chronicle
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By Patricia H. Kushlis
Orhan Pamuk?s latest novel, The Museum of Innocence, tells the tale of an attractive and wealthy thirty year old man?s obsession with an eighteen year old shop girl who was also his distant cousin. The story is set in 1970s Istanbul, a different and far poorer city than today. In this book, Pamuk sprints, then almost painstakingly strolls, through the separate but interconnected lives of the westernized elite, the idiosyncratic Turkish film world and that of a lower-middle class family all set against an outside world of the country’s ongoing political turbulence and economic stress.