Title: SNOW - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 448 pages. Published in 2004. The author's fifth novel to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Orhan Pamuk's "Kars" in a felicitous English translation. "A Turkish poet who spent twelve years as a political exile in Germany witnesses firsthand the clash between radical Islam and Western ideals in this enigmatically beautiful novel. Ka's reasons for visiting the small Turkish town of Kars are twofold: Curiosity about the rash of suicides by young girls in the town and a hope to reconnect with Ipek, whom he knew as a youth. Kars is a tangle of poverty-stricken families, Kurdish separatists, political Islamists, and Ka finds himself making compromises with all in a desperate play for his own happiness. Pamuk himself becomes an important character, as he describes his attempts to piece together what really happened in the few days his friend Ka spent in Kars, during which snow cuts off the town from the rest of the world and a bloody coup from an unexpected source hurtles toward a startling climax" (Publishers Weekly). Pamuk's most passionate critic/admirer in America, the late great novelist John Updike, dismissed the output of American and British authors in 2004 (which was relatively a very good year) and chose "Snow" as the best novel of the year, bar none. "He has enlarged the roots of the contemporary novel through his links to both Western and Eastern culture. This means that he has stolen the novel, one can say, from us Westerners, and has transformed it into something different from what we have ever seen before" (Horace Engdahl, Nobel Prize Committee). An absolute "must-have" title for Orhan Pamuk collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "2012 Orhan Pamuk". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed and dated copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $750. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2003 for "My Name Is Red". Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, the first Turkish writer to be so deservedly honored. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ORHAN PAMUK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0375406972. Bookseller Inventory # 18790
Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of My Name Is Red (?a sumptuous thriller??John Updike; ?chockful of sublimity and sin?? New York Times Book Review), comes a spellbinding tale of disparate yearnings?for love, art, power, and God?set in a remote Turkish town, where stirrings of political Islamism threaten to unravel the secular order.
Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother?s funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school. An apparent thaw of his writer?s curiosity?a frozen sea these many years?leads him to Kars, a far-off town near the Russian border and the epicenter of the suicides.
No sooner has he arrived, however, than we discover that Ka?s motivations are not purely journalistic; for in Kars, once a province of Ottoman and then Russian glory, now a cultural gray-zone of poverty and paralysis, there is also Ipek, a radiant friend of Ka?s youth, lately divorced, whom he has never forgotten. As a snowstorm, the fiercest in memory, descends on the town and seals it off from the modern, westernized world that has always been Ka?s frame of reference, he finds himself drawn in unexpected directions: not only headlong toward the unknowable Ipek and the desperate hope for love?or at least a wife?that she embodies, but also into the maelstrom of a military coup staged to restrain the local Islamist radicals, and even toward God, whose existence Ka has never before allowed himself to contemplate. In this surreal confluence of emotion and spectacle, Ka begins to tap his dormant creative powers, producing poem after poem in untimely, irresistible bursts of inspiration. But not until the snows have melted and the political violence has run its bloody course will Ka discover the fate of his bid to seize a last chance for happiness.
Blending profound sympathy and mischievous wit, Snow illuminates the contradictions gripping the individual and collective heart in many parts of the Muslim world. But even more, by its narrative brilliance and comprehension of the needs and duties
About the Author:
Orhan Pamuk?s novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Istanbul.
Orhan Pamuk?s My Name Is Red, The New Life, and The White Castle are available in Vintage paperback.
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