Title: OTHER COLORS: ESSAYS AND A STORY - Scarce ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 433 pages. Published in 2007. The author's debut collection of essays. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Orhan Pamuk's "Other Colors" in a felicitous English translation. Orhan Pamuk's first book since winning the Nobel Prize. His personal and literary essays in one handsome volume. "Pamuk is that rarest of creatures, a fabulist of ideas. Gives us several of his many selves in a centrifugal gathering of memory-pieces, sketches, interviews, and unexpected flights that feel more like a rich and suggestive set of explorations. His books are celebrations of multiplicity. The mysteries they set up are always more delicious than any attempt to solve them. Yet mostly what this collection gives us is a chance to savor one of the inimitable literary storytellers of our time. Pamuk is taking the world we thought we knew and making it fresh and alive" (Pico Iyer). His most passionate critic/admirer in America, the late great novelist John Updike, chose "Snow" as the best novel of the year 2004, bar none. A masterly collection. An absolute "must-have" title for Orhan Pamuk collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black pen on the half-title page by Orhan Pamuk. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very 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. 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ORHAN PAMUK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307266753. Bookseller Inventory # 12574
Synopsis: Orhan Pamuk?s first book since winning the Nobel Prize, Other Colors is a dazzling collection of essays on his life, his city, his work, and the example of other writers.
Over the last three decades, Pamuk has written, in addition to his seven novels, scores of pieces?personal, critical, and meditative?the finest of which he has brilliantly woven together here. He opens a window on his private life, from his boyhood dislike of school to his daughter?s precocious melancholy, from his successful struggle to quit smoking to his anxiety at the prospect of testifying against some clumsy muggers who fell upon him during a visit to New York City. From ordinary obligations such as applying for a passport or sharing a holiday meal with relatives, he takes extraordinary flights of imagination; in extreme moments, such as the terrifying days following a cataclysmic earthquake in Istanbul, he lays bare our most basic hopes and fears. Again and again Pamuk declares his faith in fiction, engaging the work of such predecessors as Laurence Sterne and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, sharing fragments from his notebooks, and commenting on his own novels. He contemplates his mysterious compulsion to sit alone at a desk and dream, always returning to the rich deliverance that is reading and writing.
By turns witty, moving, playful, and provocative, Other Colors glows with the energy of a master at work and gives us the world through his eyes, assigning every radiant theme and shifting mood its precise shade in the spectrum of significance.
About the Author: Orhan Pamuk is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006. His novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. He lives in Istanbul.
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