Orhan PamukCongratulations to Orahn Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature. Known for his explorations of identiy amid the tension between East and West, the Istanbul-raised writer has authored six books which have been translated into more than 40 languages. His latest work, Istanbul: Memories and the City, combines his early memoirs with an essay about the city, and is illustrated with more than 200 pictures from his own album, by western painters and by Turkish photographers.

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The White Castle

Published in 1985 - Translated into English in 1990

The White Castle

The White Castle is a work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity and the relations between East and West. In the 17th century, a young Italian scholar is taken prisoner, delivered to Constantinople, and falls into the custody of a scholar known as Hoja, or "master" - a man who is his exact double. In the years that follow, the slave instructs his master in Western science and technology, but Hoja wants to know more - why he and his captive are the persons they are and whether, given knowledge of each other's most intimate secrets, they could actually exchange identities.

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The Black Book

Published in 1990 - Translated into English in 1994

The Black Book

Galip is an Istanbul lawyer, and his wife (as well as first cousin), Ruya, has vanished. Could she be hiding out with her half brother (who also happens to be Galip's first cousin), Jelal, a newspaper columnist whose fame Galip envies? And if so, why isn't anyone in Jelal's flat? As Galip plays the part of private investigator, he assumes the identity of Jelal himself, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even faking his wry columns, which he passes off as the work of the missing journalist. But the amateur sleuth bungles his undercover operation, and with dire consequences.

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The New Life

Published in 1995 - Translated into English in 1997

The New Life

Affected by a book he reads, Osman, a young student, yearns for the new life it promises. He falls in love, abandons his studies, turns his back on home and family, and embarks on restless bus trips through the provinces. This is a wondrous odyssey, laying bare the rage of an arid heartland. In coffeehouses with black-and-white TV sets, on buses where passengers ride watching B-movies on flickering screens, in wrecks along the highway, in paranoid fictions with spies as punctual as watches and forsaken cultural objects instilled with poetry, the magic of Pamuk's creation comes alive.

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My Name is Red

Published in 1998 - Translated into English in 2001

My Name is Red

Set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, 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.

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Snow

Published in 2002 - Translated into English in 2004

Snow

An exiled poet named Ka returns to Turkey and travels to the forlorn city of Kars. His ostensible purpose is to report on a wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head-scarves. But Ka is also drawn by his memories of the radiant Ipek, now recently divorced. Amid blanketing snowfall and universal suspicion, Ka finds himself pursued by figures ranging from Ipek’s ex-husband to a charismatic terrorist. A lost gift returns with ecstatic suddenness. A theatrical evening climaxes in a massacre. And finding god may be the prelude to losing everything else.

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Istanbul: Memories and the City

Published in 2003 - Translate into English in 2005

Istanbul: Memories and the City

Pamuk's portrait of his city is also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy - or hüzün - that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire.With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters - both Turkish and foreign - who would shape his consciousness of his city.

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