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Orhan Pamuk Museum of Innocence now open in Istanbul

In 2008 Orhan Pamuk published The Museum of Innocence, a book about a wealthy businessman , Kemal, who becomes infatuated with a lower class shop girl, Füsun, who is 12 years his junior.  Despite Füsun being the love of his life Kemal refuses to give up his relationship with his fiancée to be with her, instead opting to obsessively collect artifacts associated with Füsun and his time with her; and with these artifacts he builds a museum.

Now, you can visit that museum yourself.  Last month Pamuk cut the ribbon on an actual Museum of Innocence which is based on the book and features the strange array of objects associated with and discarded by the character Füsun within the pages of the book.  The collection is housed in the Çukurcuma neighbourhood of Beyoğlu, Istanbul.

Today’s Globe and Mail has an interesting review of the museum that is worth a read.

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