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The New Life

Pamuk, Orhan;Gun, Guneli

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ISBN 10: 0374221294 / ISBN 13: 9780374221294
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. First American Edition as stated on copyright page. Head and tail of spine bumped otherwise fine in an almost pefect dust jacket with just a bit of wear to the head of the spine and a small (3mm by 3mm) bit of paper loss at the top front joint. Nobel prize winning author's third novel. We grade our books very conservatively to insure your satisfaction. Bookseller Inventory # 091807001

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Title: The New Life

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

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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In his native Turkey, author Orhan Pamuk's novel The New Life is a huge hit. Now English-language readers have an opportunity to sample this unusual book for themselves. The New Life begins with the declaration that "I read a book one day and my whole life was changed." That book leads the narrator, a young man named Osman, on a wild journey in the company of Janan, a mysterious young woman in search of her lover, Mehmet. He had actually managed to enter--and escape--the world of the book. In the course of their travels, Osman and Janan are involved in a bloody bus wreck from which they emerge with new identities; they meet several "false" Mehmets; Janan mysteriously vanishes; and Osman eventually encounters a family friend who may or may not be the author of the life-changing book and possibly of The New Life itself.

In case you hadn't already guessed, The New Life is strictly postmodernist fare, where plot and character are minimal and time and space tend to bend and warp in unexpected ways. The author's vision is certainly original, and his descriptions of violence and Turkish culture are particularly strong.

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