The Black Book

The Black Book

Book - 1996
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Galip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective-novel-loving Rüya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband, Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist? But Celâl, too, seems to have vanished. As Galip investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Celâl's identity, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even writing his columns. Galip pursues every conceivable clue, but the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and when he receives a death threat, he begins to fear the worst. With its cascade of beguiling stories about Istanbul, The Black Book is a brilliantly unconventional mystery, and a provocative meditation on identity. For Turkish literary readers it is the cherished cult novel in which Orhan Pamuk found his original voice, but it has largely been neglected by English-language readers.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., 1996
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
ISBN: 9780156003292
Characteristics: vi, 400 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Gün, Güneli


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Dec 17, 2009

Best of Pamuk I have ever read.

He says looking at the book sales at different countries, some nations adore this book, some hate..

I am in the first group. The duality makes the book even more interesting. While the main story is going on in every other chaper, Pamuk tells a little story about Istanbul in between. They are little treasures, little stories on the city based on lots of research by a person who has been living and loving the city all his life long.

Translation of Maureen Freely makes the book even more readable.


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