Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Book Review: Orhan Pamuk's My Name is Red

Novelist such as Mr.Pamuk comes once in a lifetime, (b. 1952, Istanbul). He was brought up in Nisantasi. He attended Roberts College (1970) In Istanbul and then Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture for some time.

He graduated fromIstanbul University, Institute of Journalism (1977). He did hispostgraduate studies at the institute he graduated from. At twenty-two, he gave up everything and took up writing as his sole occupation.

He embarked on his career in literature with his poems published in thereview Yeditepe (1970). Later, he focused on writing short stories andnovels.He came third at a competition held at the Antalya FilmFestival.

He ranked first with Mehmet Eroglu at the MilliyetNovel Award in 1979 with his novel Karanlik ve Isik (Darkness andLight) and thus became well known. He collected the Orhan Kemal Awardin 1983 and the Madarali Award in 1984 with his novel Cevdet Bey veOgullari (Cevdet Bey and His Sons).

He received the Prix de la Découverte Européenne in 1991 with the French translation of his Sessiz Ev (Silent House).

He gained international fame with Beyaz Kale (The White Castle), which was published in 1985 and translated into many languages in 1990. He attended Columbia University in New York as a visiting scholar between1985-1988.

He collected the Prix France Culture award in 1990with the French translation of his novel Kara Kitap (The Black Book).The only screenplay he wrote was filmed in 1991.

His novel Benim Adim Kirmizi (My Name is Red, 1998) received many awards,including La Prix Du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France, the GrinzaneCavour in Italy in 2002 and the International Impac in Dublin in 2003.The latter award was accompanied by an award of €100,000 from the city of Dublin.

My Name is Red ( Vinatage paperback $22.95)is a feast of pleasure, One never bores or stops reading until the end. Based on Mystery of a beautifully written tales of magic and power. tales such as Arabian Nights of sixteenth-century Istanbul. When a Sultan commissions a book of forbidden subject, all Istanbul and mystery of the books leads to hidden secret of miniaturist, a murder, forbidden love and desires,Art, Religion, sex, nothing goes unnoticed by this Master storyteller. this Book one cannot have enough, do yourself a favor, and a get a copy of My Name is Red, by Orhan Pamuk.

His works have been translated into thirty-two languages. His statements on the Kurdish and Armenian problems have been matters of debate and criticism. He refused the highest award in Turkey.


NOVEL: (Darkness and Light, 1980), (Cevdet Bey and His Sons, 1982), (Silent House, 1983), (TheWhite Castle, 1985), (The Black Book, 1990), (NewLife, 1994), (My Name is Red, 1998), (Snow,2002).

SCREENPLAY:(Hidden Face, 1992).

MEMOIR-ESSAY: (Other Colors, 1999), Istanbul (Istanbul, 2003.)


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