My Name Is Red

My Name Is Red

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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers. The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed. The ruling elite therefore mustn't know the full scope or nature of the project, and panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears. The only clue to the mystery-or crime? -lies in the half-finished illuminations themselves. Part fantasy and part philosophical puzzle, My Name is Red is a kaleidoscopic journey to the intersection of art, religion, love, sex and power. Translated from the Turkish by Erda M Goknarshow more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 16 pages
  • 129.54 x 149.86 x 43.18mm | 340.19g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739369245
  • 9780739369241
  • 2,128,282

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"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

About Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk is the author of six novels and the recipient of major Turkish and international literary awards. He is one of Europe's most prominent novelists, and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Istanbul.show more

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