Orhan Pamuk


right now Pamuk is our geust at Tehran University,Iran.He will give a lecture at the ghathering of turkic students of Tehran University.

>>By Heydar Shadi   (Friday, 9 May 2003 03:38)

anyone read any of his novels ??

>>By papatya   (Tuesday, 18 Nov 2003 13:10)

for those of you who are interested in Lacanian psychoanalysis, Pamuk's "the white castle" has a lot to offer

>>By papatya   (Thursday, 20 Nov 2003 15:24)

I read every book of Pamuk and every time I am surprised that he can still do better.
His books are so rich of........everything, they never disappoint!!

>>By italia   (Tuesday, 6 Jul 2004 11:00)

I recomm3nd anyone who is still young (or young enough) read Pamuk's, "The New Life."
I saw him speak in Washington D.C. last month and it was an enjoyable expereince.
He paired with Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran." They both did a bow to Nabokov.
I can't recommend this author strongly enough.

>>By Sheela   (Sunday, 31 Oct 2004 02:10)

I have perused/skimmed "The Black Book" in the Barnes & Noble Bookstore . . . it did appear quite fascinating in a philosophical/existential/phenomenological/even Rumi-esque way. Does he have affinities with Nabokov or perhaps other writers have been influential on his style . . . or could he be compared with certain other writers to clarify his intent, his themes. Just curious. What would You advise?

>>By satorotas   (Tuesday, 2 Nov 2004 01:00)


You are right on all scores, except he is keenly post-modern. I think he is brilliant enough to make his own rules and then deliberately break them which is why his work astonishes.

The Black Book is his best in my opinion, so far. It is a many layered work. Much of Mr. Pamuk's writing seems to work on many levels. If you have a mystical bent, his work will really speak to you. He also has a tremendous wit, whcih is why he can describe great tragedies without sounding as dark as you would expect. If you are a thinker, you will like his work.

I understand that he has an affinity to Kafka (Hence,in part, the name of his main character, Ka in "Snow".) Both he and Ms. Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" referenced Nabokov extensively. So he is no doubt familiar.

I also recommend strenously, "The New Life". An amazing book.

>>By Sheela   (Wednesday, 5 Jan 2005 20:18)

I just read Pamuk's new book 'Istanbul'. He writes a lot about himself and a lot about Istanbul.It made stronger my wish to go and see Istanbul.
He writes so beautifully of his beloved city and also he writes about French writers like de Nerval etc. who visited Istanbul in the 19th century.
I am sure I will read this book another time again!!! Fascinating!

>>By italia   (Wednesday, 15 Feb 2006 10:14)

Orhan Pamuk's works hold meaning to me in more than literary or philosophical ways. He speaks of Istanbul in the book that hold the same title. Hyderabad is so similar to Istanbul. Especially where I live is a reflection of Istanbul. His words resonate ever so beautifully even as I look out of my window. A writer of brilliance...

>>By scribehermes   (Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 11:23)

Picked up the Black Book on whim at Chapters. Like it too much to abandon it, but read only a few pages each night and seem able to put it down in the middle of paragraph.
Like the layers.
Love the characters. Even if they are just beings trying to be others who themselves are trying to be others as Galip states.
Sense of setting... Istanbul is palatable in the way few others novels have been. (NewYork and Paris may be exceptions because so much has been written. ie. Memoirs of Montparnasse)
Garden of Good and Evil ... Savannah, Georgia??

>>By bnorton_mtl   (Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 04:10)

Currently reading Istambul.. Its really nice till now..

>>By mint   (Sunday, 6 Apr 2008 06:12)

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