The Black Book

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Faber & Faber, Aug 18, 2011 - Fiction - 480 pages
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.

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This vintage edition offers a new translation of Pamukƒ¯‚¿‚½s unconventional 1990 mystery. When Galip Ceyƒ¯‚¿‚½s wife disappears, Galip suspects she may be with her ex-husband-voluntarily or not-so he assumes the manƒ¯‚¿‚½s identity to investigate. Read full review

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I loved this one. To be fair, Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world, and this subterranean, hallucinogenic historical version of it - well, it's just awesome. Love the vision - all the ... Read full review


Chapter Four
Chapter Eight
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twentytwo
Chapter Twentythree
Chapter Twentyfive
Chapter Twentyseven
Chapter Twentynine

Chapter Sixteen

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Orhan Pamuk, is the author of many celebrated books, including The White Castle, Istanbul and Snow. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Museum of Innocence was an international bestseller, praised in the Guardian as 'an enthralling, immensely enjoyable piece of storytelling.' Orhan Pamuk lives in Istanbul.

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