The latest addition to my website is Orhan Pamuk’s Kafamda bir tuhaflik (A Strangeness in My Mind). This is Pamuk’s labour of love, a hymn to. Kafamda Bir Tuhaflik hem bir ask hikiyesi hem de modern bir destan. Orhan Pamuk’un uzerinde alti yil calistigi roman, bozaci Mevlut ile uc yil ask mektuplari. A Strangeness in My Mind(Kafamda Bir Tuhaflik) (Chinese Edition) [Orhan Pamuk] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Since his boyhood in.

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Then, when Mevlut enters his mandatory military service, the book remains very male-focused, dominated by their interests, their dialogue, and their competitive struggles. Elena Seymenliyska of The Daily Telegraph described the book as “a family saga that is as much an elegy to Istanbul as to its generations of adopted residents. And what happened over the course of the narrative is that my sense of intimacy with Mevlut and with Istanbul grew closer, insidiously, so that by the end I was shedding tears and felt a deep sympathy bor him.

View all 10 comments. I lost myself through the eyes of Pamuks’s protagonist seeking balance between the past and tuharlk present. Just like the genuine title deed issued by the State Guhaflk Registry, these documents included a crude plan of the house, which the councilman himself would draw with a pencil and a ruler. I walk into the cemetery, and even though I can’t read the Arabic script on the gravestones, I still feel as good as I would if I’d prayed.

I became t The story of Mevlut, a boza-seller, and his family. Here’s a magnificent big novel tuhafkk curl up with this winter! Tormented by long work hours and loneliness, he finds himself amid the military coups of andKurdish and Alawite conflict, nationalist extremism, and, above all, with a bitter father.


Whittle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Combine new edition and add missing information 3 10 Aug 18, The same year Pamuk went to America, where kfaamda was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York from to A poor, down-trodden and fundamentally honest individual, it is Mevlut’s intrinsic ordinariness which imbues his narrative with such strength and verve.

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His depiction of Review on http: Severed from his village in Konya and his mother at age twelve, he has to join his father and uncle in Istanbul. Being an honorable man, he makes peace with the situation and marries her. The Mookse and th This is because the subtitle and the first paragraph of the book are bri whole story in other words spoilers. Snow was selected as one of the best books of by The New York Times.

Mevlut walks at tuhaflkk – trying to sell his boza. Winner of the Nobel Prize! In one sense, this is a paean to the traditions of midth Century old Istanbul, with Mevlut’s persisting in selling boza in the streets, despite the increasing modernisation of the City. However, should you get lost, the author has provided a family tree at the beginning of the book and a character index and chronology at the end.

There’s many other characters who tell Melvut’s unfolding story — wonderful texture characters — but this is Melvut’s story.

Retrieved on December 2, What matters more in love: According to Garner, the English version has humor that “flows freely” and was “lucidly translated”.

Ben de keyifle okudum. Born in on the western edge of Asia, in a poor village overlooking a hazy lake in Central Anatolia, he came to Istanbul at the age of twelve, living there, in the capital of the world, for the rest of his life. Mevlut recognised that the strange silence he was entering would stay with him for years to come.


I am looking forward to more of his books. His depiction of urban sprawling and shanty towns reminds us of many other cities. After the award, very rarely one produces a masterpiece that can compare with his greatest achievements produced during the peak of his vitality.

Stylistically, the ever increasing build up of detail creates a set of characters and a sense of place that you, the reader, come to know intimately.

Pamuk’s most recent book, Istanbul, is a poetical work that is hard to classify, combining the author’s early memoirs up to the age of 22, and an essay about the city of Istanbul, illustrated with kfaamda from his own album, and pictures by western painters and Turkish photographers. There is so much more I could gush over, the different perspectives structured in such a gossipy way that they characters could only be family, how Pamuk dolled out small pieces of information about Istanbul itself or noting the passage of time or just his writing in general.

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

As the novel wore on, though, it seemed to alternate between too much detail and not ksfamda. The real subject of the book is the city itself – Pamuk chronicles its expansion, modernisation, political and sociological changes in great detail.

Arrangements have been made for them to run away together.