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The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
  

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February 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

‘It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it.’ So begins this exquisite book by Nobel Prize-winning Pamuk (author of My Name is Red), and a love affair that can only be played out surreptitiously, in the seamier quarters of Istanbul. Kemal is a young man from the fading bourgeoisie of Turkey about to marry into comfortable wealth, but his encounter with the stunning Füsun, a poor distant relative shamed out of Kemal’s family for competing in a beauty contest, creates a lasting emotional fissure. Pulled between his glittering circle and Füsun’s impoverished world, he begins to collect objects obsessively. An enchanting novel, seamlessly translated by writer Maureen Freely.

If you like Orhan Pamuk you might also like to read books by Alaa Al Aswany, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

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. The novel depicts a panoramic view of life in Istanbul as it chronicles this long, obsessive, love affair between Kemal and Fusun; and Pamuk beautifully captures the identity crisis experienced by Istanbul's upper classes who find themselves caught between traditional and westernised ways of being. For the past ten years, Pamuk has been setting up a museum 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 museum will be called The Museum of Innocence and it opens in 2010.

Reviews

A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Kansas City Star

Spellbinding. . . . A resounding confirmation that Orhan Pamuk is one of the great novelists of his generation. With this book, he literally puts love in our hands. - The Washington Post

Mesmerizing, brilliantly realized. . . . Deeply and compellingly explores the interplay between erotic obsession and sentimentality . . . . There is a master at work in this book. . . . Istanbul-its sounds, its smells, its history-permeates everything. - Los Angeles Times

Intimate and nuanced.... A classic, spacious love story. -Pico Iyer,

The New York Review of Books

Stunningly original. . . . Engrossing and sensual. . . . Granular and panoramic, satirical and yet grounded in reality. . . . Great writers have made the failed love stories


About the Author

Orhan Pamuk

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. His most recent novel, 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.

Author photo © Jerry Bauer

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Book Info

Publication date

24th December 2009

Author

Orhan Pamuk

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Publisher

Faber and Faber

Format

Hardback
560 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571237005

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