By Orhan Pamuk
The protagonist of Orhan Pamuk's fiendishly enticing novel is embarked on an international of hypnotic texts and (literally) Byzantine conspiracies that whirl around the steppes and forlorn frontier cities of Turkey. And with the recent lifestyles, Pamuk himself vaults from the leading edge of his country's writers into the world of global literature. in the course of the unmarried act of examining a ebook, a tender scholar is uprooted from his previous existence and id. inside of days he has fallen in love with the luminous and elusive Janan; witnessed the tried assassination of a rival suitor; and forsaken his relations to go back and forth aimlessly via a nocturnal panorama of traveler's cafes and apocalyptic bus wrecks. As imagined via Pamuk, the result's a wondrous marriage of the highbrow mystery and excessive romance. Translated from the Turkish by way of Guneli Gun.
"[A] bizarre, hypnotic new novel...It veers from highbrow conundrums within the Borges vein to rapturous lyricism equivalent to Gabriel Garcia Marquez."--Wall road magazine
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Blackbirds took wing out of the snowy branches. I watched them with admiration. I watched the snowflakes, which fell in gentle Hurries, lingering indecisively at some point in pursuit of their fellow Rakes, unable to make up their minds, when a light wind bore down and whisked them away. And at times a single Rake swayed in the air for a moment and stood still, then acting as if it had changed its mind, it turned around and began to rise slowly up toward the sky. I observed many a snowflake revert to the sky before it could land in the mud, the park, on the pavement or the trees.
What were mornings like in the nether world? What would it be like to abandon this journey altogether and lose oneself in that bottomless night? I would shiver thinking about the unique time in that realm where I might shed my being and perhaps unite with Janan, and I would feel in my legs and in my stitched forehead the urgency to achieve the unexpected happiness that would follow. Ah, you who ride the night buses! My abject brethren! I know you too are seeking the hour of zero gravity. Ah, to be neither here nor there!
I was successful going in one end of the Karakoy underground passage and out the other, holding my breath. I counted up to nine thou sand without losing my place while I stared at the windows of their place in Ni§anta§l. I discarded friends who weren't aware that not only did her name mean soulmate but it also signified God. Taking the cue from the fact that our names rhymed, I had our wedding invitations printed in my imagination, adorning them with a smart rhyme like the ones that come out of New Life brand caramel candies.