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Den unge apotekersøn og forfatterspire Cem har fået et sommerferiejob uden for Istanbul. Han skal gå til hånde hos en brøndgraver. Som brønden bliver dybere, vokser et særligt venskab frem mellem mester og lærling. Cems far, som var politisk aktiv på venstrefløjen, har forladt familien, og Cem finder en faderfigur i brøndgraveren. Men en smuk rødhåret kvinde, der er på turné med et omrejsende teater i den nærliggende by, vækker lidenskaben i Cem. Og pludselig tager historien en skæbnesvanger drejning. Mange år senere vender Cem tilbage til egnen, hvor han tilbragte den skelsættende sommer. Oplevelserne har forfulgt ham hele livet, men nu opdager han, at virkeligheden er en helt anden, end han har fortalt sig selv. Orhan Pamuk har skrevet en moderne fabel om kærlighed og svigt, fædre og sønner og fortællingens magi.
Essays om romankunstens inderste væsen: Hvad sker der i vores sind, når vi læser? Hvordan skaber romanen sine særlige sanseindtryk i fht. andre kunstarter? Pamuk besvarer spørgsmålene ved at læse sin ungdoms elskede forfattere Tolstoj, Dostojevskij, Flaubert og Proust.
Hr. Cevdet og hans sønner er en familiesaga, som spænder over tre generationer i Istanbul i det 20. århundrede. Ved romanens start i 1905 møder vi den senere familiepatriark Hr. Cevdet, som stædigt arbejder sig op og bliver en rig forretningsmand. Sammen med sin hustru, der er datter af en velhavende og indflydelsesrig pasa, flytter han ind i det hus i Nisantasi-kvarteret, der skal blive ramme om familiens liv og vidne til nøglebegivenheder i byens historie. Gennem romanen følger vi den dramatiske overgang fra en traditionel osmannisk familieform til en mere vestlig livsstil. Sønnen Refik drømmer om at blive digter og europæer og fjerner sig mere og mere fra Koranens verdensopfattelse – og fra sin egen far. For barnebarnet Ahmet står der politik og kunst på dagsordenen i starten af 1970'erne. Hr. Cevdet og hans sønner er en slægtsroman fuld af liv, humor, politik, kærlighed og kunst. Den tyrkiske Nobelprismodtager Orhan Pamuk debuterede i 1982 med Hr. Cevdet og hans sønner, som både er inspireret af en europæisk romantradition og af forfatterens egen familiehistorie. Romanen foreligger nu for første gang på dansk.
Stor og spraglet roman i mesterklasse af den tyrkiske nobelprismodtager og forfatter Orhan Pamuk. DETTE FREMMEDE I MIG fortæller om gadesælgeren Mevlut, som lever det meste af sit liv i Istanbuls gader. Vi hører om hans families omtumlede tilværelse, hans kærlighedsliv, som starter temmelig katastrofalt, og om de dramatiske omvæltninger, der finder sted omkring ham. Mevluts skæbne og eventyrlige liv fra 1950''erne til nutiden knytter sig tæt til Tyrkiets historie, og romanen bliver også en kærlighedserklæring til Istanbul - byen hvor øst møder vest.
SNE er Orhan Pamuks femte roman. Efter tolv år i politisk eksil i Tyskland vender digteren Ka hjem til sin mors begravelse i Istanbul. Han tager senere imod tilbuddet om at rapportere om kommunalvalget i Kars nær den russiske grænse. Her mærker han en meget spændt stemning mellem politiske islamister og det vestligt orienterede tyrkiske militær. Gennem tre dage følger vi et militærkup, mens vi gradvis erfarer den egentlige sandhed om digteren og den gamle by Kars' snedækkede tage.
Like the Dublin of Joyce and Jan Morris' Venice, Orhan Pamuk's bestselling Istanbul: Memories of a City is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving. Since the publication of Istanbul, Pamuk has continued to add to his collection of photographs of Istanbul.
The Museum of Innocence - set in Istanbul between 1975 and today - tells the story of Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul's richest families, and of his obsessive love for a poor and distant relation, the beautiful Fusun, who is a shop-girl in a small boutique.
Returning to Turkey from exile in the West, the secular poet Ka is driven by curiosity to investigate a surprising wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden by the government to wear their head scarves in school.
The Ottoman Sultan has commissioned the best artists in the land to create a book celebrating the glories of his realm: but he wants them to illuminate it in the European style.
A photographic record of daily life in Istanbul from the 1940s to the 1980s. It shows the city's melancholy aesthetic as it oscillates between tradition and modernity.
It is mid-1980s Istanbul and Master Mahmut and his apprentice use ancient methods to dig wells - they are desperate to find water in a barren land. This is the tale of their struggle, but it is also a deeper investigation - through stories and images - into themes such as: fathers and sons, the state and individual freedom, reading and seeing.
The culmination of decades of omnivorous collecting, Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence in Istanbul uses his novel of lost love, The Museum of Innocence, as a departure point to explore the city of his youth. In The Innocence of Objects, Pamuk's catalog of this remarkable museum, he writes about things that matter deeply to him: the psychology of the collector, the proper role of the museum, the photography of old Istanbul (illustrated with Pamuk's superb collection of haunting photographs and movie stills), and of course the customs and traditions of his beloved city. The book's imagery is equally evocative, ranging from the ephemera of everyday life to the superb photographs of Turkish photographer Ara Guler. Combining compelling art and writing, The Innocence of Objects is an original work of art and literature.Praise for The Innocence of Objects: [A] most audacious and provocative take on the history of Turkish culture and politics by Turkey's best-known dissenter. Publishers Weekly';Orhan Pamuk's The Innocence of Objects makes me want to stand up and shout! It is a triumph of intimacy over sterility, depth over superficiality, and humanity over inhumanity. It is also the most perfect intersection of art and literature that I have ever encountered.' The Huffington Post';I bought the Turkish edition of The Innocence of Objects, a richly illustrated book about the museum, and have been waiting for Abrams' English translation. It's just come out, and Pamuk's text about the project is as illuminating as it promised to be.' The Design ObserverPamuks tour de force and mind-benderabout museums, art, artifice, and the place of fiction and the writer in theworldis a nonfiction narrative unlike most you will encounter. ';[A] squarish volume, filled with gorgeous photographs of the museum's interior. . . . The exhibition photos are accompanied by Pamuk's lively, sometimes dazzling commentary, which ranges freely from personal anecdotes to meditations on aesthetics to whimsical ';memories' of his fictional protagonist. . . .' The American Reader ';The Innocence of ObjectsPamuk's tour de force and mind-bender about museums, art, artifice, and the place of fiction and the writer in the worldis a nonfiction narrative unlike most you will encounter.' Virginian Pilot
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 Fusun, 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 Fusun over the next eight years, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progressamassing 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.
What happens within us when we read a novel? And how does a novel create its unique effects, so distinct from those of a painting, a film, or a poem? In this inspired, thoughtful, deeply personal book, Turkey's Nobel Prize winner explores the art of writing, and takes us into the worlds of the reader and the writer, revealing their intimate connections.Pamuk draws on Friedrich Schiller's famous distinction between "e;naive"e; poets-who write spontaneously, serenely, unselfconsciously-and "e;sentimental"e; poets: those who are reflective, emotional, questioning, and alive to the artifice of the written word. Harking back to his reading of the beloved novels of his youth and ranging through the work of such writers as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Stendhal, Flaubert, Proust, Mann, and Naipaul, he explores the oscillation between the naive and the reflective, and the search for an equilibrium, that lie at the center the novelist's craft. Orhan Pamuk ponders the novel's visual and sensual power-its ability to conjure landscapes so vivid they can make the here-and-now fade away. In the course of this exploration, he delves into the secrets of reading and writing, and considers the elements of character, plot, time and setting that compose the "e;sweet illusion"e; of the fictional world.Like Umberto Eco's Six Walks in the Fictional Woods and Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel, this is a perceptive book by one of the modern masters of the art, a title anyone who has known the pleasure of becoming immersed in a novel will enjoy, and learn from.
A Strangeness In My Mind is a novel Orhan Pamuk has worked on for six years. 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 1969 and 2012, 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. But he never stops selling boza during winter evenings and trying to understand who his beloved really is. What matters more in love: what we wish for, or what our fate has in store? Do our choices dictate whether we will be happy or not, or are these things determined by forces beyond our control? A Strangeness In My Mind tries to answer these questions while portraying the tensions between urban life and family life, and the fury and helplessness of women inside their homes.
In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a former fishing village near Istanbul, an old widow Fatma awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren. She has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idealistic young doctor, first arrived to serve the poor fishermen. Now mostly bedridden, she is attended by her faithful servant Recep, a dwarf and the doctor's illegitimate son. Under the creeping shadow of right-wing nationalism and political revolution, they share memories, and grievances, of the early years, before their home became a high-class resort.Her visiting grandchildren are Faruk, a dissipated failed historian; his sensitive leftist sister, Nilgun, has yet to discover the real-life consequences of highminded politics; and Metin, a high school student drawn to the fast life of the nouveaux riches, who dreams of going to America. But it is Recep's nephew Hassan, a high-school dropout, lately fallen in with right-wing nationalism, who will draw this family into the revolution and the growing political cataclysm issuing from Turkey's tumultuous century-long struggle for modernity. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, and terrifying, Silent House pulses with the energy of a great writer's early work even as it offers beguiling evidence of the mature genius for which Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2006, would later be world renowned.
The Museum of Innocence - set in Istanbul between 1975 and today - tells the story of Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul's richest families, and of his obsessive love for a poor and distant relation, the beautiful Fusun, who is a shop-girl in a small boutique. In his romantic pursuit of Fusun over the next eight years, Kemal compulsively amasses a collection of objects that chronicles his lovelorn progress-a museum that is both a map of a society and of his heart. The novel depicts a panoramic view of life in Istanbul as it chronicles this long, obsessive love affair; and Pamuk beautifully captures the identity crisis experienced by Istanbul's upper classes that find themselves caught between traditional and westernised ways of being. Orhan Pamuk's first novel since winning the Nobel Prize is a stirring love story and exploration of the nature of romance. Pamuk built The Museum of Innocence in the house in which his hero's fictional family lived, to display Kemal's strange collection of objects associated with Fusun and their relationship. The house opened to the public in 2012 in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. 'Pamuk has created a work concerning romantic love worthy to stand in the company of Lolita, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.' --Financial Times
The Black Book is Orhan Pamuk's tour de force, a stunning tapestry of Middle Eastern and Islamic culture which confirmed his reputation as a writer of international stature. Richly atmospheric and Rabelaisian in scope, it is a labyrinthine novel suffused with the sights, sounds and scents of Istanbul, an unforgettable evocation of the city where East meets West, and a boldly unconventional mystery that plumbs the elusive nature of identity, fiction, interpretation and reality.
Snow begins in the year 1992. Ka, a poet and political exile, returns to Turkey as a journalist, assigned to investigate troubling reports of suicide in the small and mysterious city of Kars on the Turkish border. The snow is falling fast as he arrives, and soon all roads are closed. There's a 'suicide epidemic' amongst young religious women forbidden to wear their headscarves. Islamists are poised to win the local elections and Ka is falling in love with the beautiful and radiant Ipek, now recently divorced. Amid blanketing snowfall and universal suspicion, he finds himself pursued by terrorism in a city wasting away under the shadow of Europe. In the midst of growing religious and political violence, the stage is set for a terrible and desperate act . . . Touching, slyly comic, and humming with cerebral suspense, Snow evokes the spiritual fragility of the non-Western world, its ambivalence about the godless West, and its fury. 'A novel of profound relevance to our present moment' The Times
The Sultan secretly commissions a great book: a celebration of his life and the Ottoman Empire, to be illuminated by the best artists of the day - in the European manner. In Istanbul at a time of violent fundamentalism, however, this is a dangerous proposition. Even the illustrious circle of artists are not allowed to know for whom they are working. But when one of the miniaturists is murdered, their Master has to seek outside help. Did the dead painter fall victim to professional rivalry, romantic jealousy or religious terror? With the Sultan demanding an answer within three days, perhaps the clue lies somewhere in the half-finished pictures . . . From Turkey's winner of the Nobel Prize and author of Istanbul and The Museum of Innocence, this novel is a thrilling murder mystery set amid the splendour of Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire. Part fantasy and part philosophical puzzle, My Name is Red is also a stunning meditation on love, artistic devotion and the tensions between East and West.
'I read a book one day, and my whole life was changed.' So begins The New Life, Orhan Pamuk's fabulous road novel about a young student who yearns for the life promised by a dangerously magical book. On his remarkable journey, he falls in love, abandons his studies, turns his back on home and family, and embarks on restless bus trips through the provinces, in pursuit of an elusive vision. This is a wondrous odyssey, laying bare the rage of an arid heartland, from the bestselling author of My Name is Red and Snow. In coffee houses with black-and-white TV sets, on buses where passengers ride watching B-movies on flickering screens, in wrecks along the highway, in paranoid fictions with spies as punctual as watches, the magic of Pamuk's creation comes alive. From a writer compared to Kafka, Nabakov, Calvino and Garcia Marquez, The New Life documents the spiritual journey of a young student, who leaves his family behind in the name of love, life and literature.
From a Turkish writer who has been compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity and the relations between East and West. In the 17th century, a young man sailing from Venice to Naples is taken prisoner by pirates and delivered to the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople. There he is forced into slavery and left in the custody of a brilliant Turkish inventor known as Hoja--"e;master"e;--a man who is his exact double. In the years that follow, the slave instructs his master in Western science and technology, from medicine to pyrotechnics. But Hoja wants to know more: why he and his captive are the persons they are and whether, given knowledge of each other's most intimate secrets, they could actually exchange identities. Set in the Ottoman Empire, a world of pirates, slavery, magnificent scholarship and terrifying savagery, The White Castle is a colourful and intricately patterned triumph of the imagination.
From Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, and author of My Name is Red and Istanbul, comes a collection of immediate relevance and timeless value. His original pieces have been sympathetically revisited by the author, and the result is a new work of great narrative richness and intensity. Other Colours ranges from lyrical autobiography to essays on literature and culture, from humour to political analysis, from delicate evocations of his friendship with his daughter to provocative discussions of Eastern and Western art. Reflections on Pamuk's first passport, his first trip to Europe, his father's death, his political views, his recent court case, and the Istanbul earthquake share space with a collection of pieces on writers as various as Laurence Sterne and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Vladimir Nabokov and Mario Vargas Llosa. There are sections on Istanbul, New York - where Pamuk lived for two years - and on the writing of each of his novels. Interspersed among these are some of Pamuk's own illustrated works of art, and a short story 'Looking Out the Window'. My Father's Suitcase, Pamuk's 2006 Nobel Lecture, a brilliant illumination of what it means to be a writer, completes the selection from one of literature's most eminent and popular figures.