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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers. The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed. The ruling elite therefore mustn’t know the full scope or nature of the project, and panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears. The only clue to the mystery–or crime? –lies in the half-finished illuminations themselves. Part fantasy and part philosophical puzzle, My Name is Red is a kaleidoscopic journey to the intersection of art, religion, love, sex and power. Translated from the Turkish by Erda M Göknar
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It's been quite a while since I read this book. but even after almost a decade, this is the only novel which pleasantly stands out in the memory. It's a road which I'll always wish to travel again. a must read for those who love reading. and those who love setting themselves afloat foreign waters only to see where the waves will take them next.  

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Confused by too much elements that writer tried to talk about, I'm afraid I have to say that the whole reading experience could be defined as a torture. Still, I was quite impressed by the great culture Mr. Pamuk described.

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This book seems full of ideas and amazing stories that would bring out multiple emotions in a person

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Superlative narration and conception of narrative style. Well thought out plot and interesting characters. Velijan's (Olive's) intriguing guise has been textured with the travails of human psyche. A master piece indeed.

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Orhan Pamuk of Turkey has been nominated for the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1992 and 2006. I would like to read this book to know about the lives of the miniaturists who were considered the most likely to burn in hell by Islamic fundamentalists.

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