The Black Book

The Black Book

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Galip is an Istanbul lawyer, and his wife (as well as first cousin), Ruya, has vanished. Could she be hiding out with her half brother (who also happens to be Galip's first cousin), Jelal, a newspaper columnist whose fame Galip envies? And if so, why isn't anyone in Jelal's flat? As Galip plays the part of private investigator, he assumes the identity of Jelal himself, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even faking his wry columns, which he passes off as the work of the missing journalist. But the amateur sleuth bungles his undercover operation, and with dire consequences.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 34mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New translation.
  • 057122525X
  • 9780571225255
  • 153,468

Review quote

"'A glorious flight of dark, fantastic invention... It offers many pleasures, Gothic, Borgesian and other, the best of which is a vision of Istanbul as a city of sinister complexity.' Patrick McGrath 'Dazzling... Turns the detective novel on its head.' Joan Smith, Independent on Sunday"
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About 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.
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7,444 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 35% (2,621)
4 33% (2,457)
3 21% (1,561)
2 8% (562)
1 3% (243)
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