"It is neither passion nor homicide that makes Pamuk's latest, "My Name is Red," the rich and essential book that it is. . . . It is Pamuk's rendering of the intense life of artists negotiating the devilishly sharp edge of Islam 1,000 years after its brith that elevates "My Name is Red" to the rank of modern classic. . . . To read Pamuk is to be steeped in a paradox that precedes our modern-day feuds beteween secularism and fundamentalism."
--Jonathan Levi, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"Straddling the Dardanelles sits the city of Istanbul . . . and in that city sits Orhan Pamuk, chronicler of its consciousness . . . His novel's subject is the difference in perceptions between East and West . . . [and] a mysterious killer... driven by mad theology. . .Pamuk is getting at a subject that has compelled modern thinkers from Heidegger to Derrida . . . "My Name is Red" is a meditation on authenticity and originality . . . An ambitious work on so many levels at once."
--Melvin Jules Bukiet, "Chicago Tribune
"Most enchanting . . . Playful, intellectually challenging, with an engaging love story and a full canvas of memorable characters, "My Name is Red" is a novel many, many people will enjoy."
--David Walton, "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Intensely exhilarating . . . Arresting and provocative . . . To say that Orhan Pamuk's new novel, "My Name is Red, "is a murder mystery is like saying that Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov " is a murder mystery: it is true, but the work so richly transcends the conventional limitations of genre as to make the definition seem almost irrelevant. . . . ""The techniques of classical Islamic literature are used to anchor the book within a tradition of local narrative, but they can also be used with a wonderfully witty and distancing lightness of touch . . . All the exuberance and richly descriptive detail of a nineteenth-century European novel . . . The technique of Pamuk's novel proclaims that he himself ishow more