THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First British Edition/First Printing

Pamuk, Orhan (Translated by Maureen Freely)

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1st Printing. 537 pages. Published in 2010. The author's sixth novel. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. 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 "Masumiyet Muzesi" in a felicitous English translation. A novel on what is surely one of the world's oldest narratives: The love story set against the backdrop of Fortune and Destiny. His love triangle is unabashedly melodramatic: Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul's wealthiest families, engaged to Sibel and the rest of his life (his "future") thereby assured, accidentally meets Fusun, a poor shopgirl. He falls in love with Fusun and breaks off the engagement, all told by Pamuk with fresh eyes, as though the experience were happening (to him and to us), for the very first time. Like all of the greatest love stories, "The Museum of Innocence" is about heartbreak: Love rewards and punishes the lover with an acute and ultimately tragic awareness of oneself and one's world. The rest is history. Pamuk's melancholy temperament, his beautiful prose, and his unsurpassed ability to conjure a whole universe down to the most minute detail are all here. The novel's central motif is collecting, the most solitary (like reading) of human pursuits, which intuitively grasps that the loved one and the beloved city can only be possessed by being collected, "that all he finally can possess, certainly and eternally, is the museum he has created of his collection, this map of a society's manners and mores, and one man's broken heart" (Publisher's blurb). We have been moved and dazzled by Orhan Pamuk's work thus far. His museum contains his memoir and all of his novels ("The Museum of Innocence" is also reminiscent of Susan Sontag's one great novel, "The Volcano Lover"). As such, it will give his readers the deepest pleasure. An absolute "must-have" title for Orhan Pamuk collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce 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 writer of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ORHAN PAMUK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0571237002. Bookseller Inventory #

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It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal and Sibel, children of two prominent families, are about to become engaged. But when Kemal encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation, he becomes enthralled. And once they violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeoisie. In his pursuit of Füsun over the next eight years, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progress?amassing a museum that is both a map of a society and of his heart. Orhan Pamuk?s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize is a stirring exploration of the nature of romance.

Review: Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2009: The story of Kemal, the half-hearted industrialist who is the hero of The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk's first novel since he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a deeply private one, built around an often inexplicable obsession that he attempts to justify to the reader. In honor of Füsun, the poor, beautiful cousin he had a short affair with when he was 30 and engaged to another, he has hoarded a museum of relics, both of their time together and of the much longer time when, like Gatsby drawn by the green light on Daisy's dock, he hovered at the edge of her life, held in check (but yet held nearby) by the proprieties of Turkish society. From Kemal's passion Pamuk constructs a masterful meditation on time, desire, and possession, saturated with the details of the city of Pamuk's youth: the brand names, the film stars, the streets, the intricate social relations between classes and between modernity and tradition. It's as if the museum of the title was built in honor not of Füsun but of Istanbul, circa 1975. --Tom Nissley

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