The Black Book

The Black Book A New Translation and Afterword by Maureen FreelyGalip is a lawyer living in Istanbul His wife the detective novel loving Ruya has disappeared Could she have left him for her ex husband or Cel l a

  • Title: The Black Book
  • Author: Orhan Pamuk Maureen Freely
  • ISBN: 9781400078653
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Black Book

    A New Translation and Afterword by Maureen FreelyGalip is a lawyer living in Istanbul His wife, the detective novel loving Ruya, has disappeared Could she have left him for her ex husband or Cel l, a popular newspaper columnist But Cel l, too, seems to have vanished As Galip investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Cel l s identity, wearing his clothes, ansA New Translation and Afterword by Maureen FreelyGalip is a lawyer living in Istanbul His wife, the detective novel loving Ruya, has disappeared Could she have left him for her ex husband or Cel l, a popular newspaper columnist But Cel l, too, seems to have vanished As Galip investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Cel l s identity, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even writing his columns Galip pursues every conceivable clue, but the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and when he receives a death threat, he begins to fear the worst.With its cascade of beguiling stories about Istanbul, The Black Book is a brilliantly unconventional mystery, and a provocative meditation on identity For Turkish literary readers it is the cherished cult novel in which Orhan Pamuk found his original voice, but it has largely been neglected by English language readers Now, in Maureen Freely s beautiful new translation, they, too, may encounter all its riches.

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    1. Henry Avila

      The big issue from Orhan Pamuk 's , a Nobel Prize winning writer, novel is identitywho are we ? The setting Istanbul, Turkey, the largest city in the nation, straddling the bright blue waters of the narrow , and rather shallow , but still even today quite ucial Bosphorus Strait, on both the continents ofAsia and Europe . This is the ultimate problem for its divided people, do we become westernized or remain with traditional, old customs They go see ancient Hollywood films, some 20 years old, at [...]

    2. Sawsan

      اسطنبول بمعالمها وتاريخها وناسها, هي أرض الحكايات لأورهان باموكفكرة الرواية مميزة, عن البحث والوصول للمعرفة بمعاني وأبعاد مختلفةيجد غالب رسالة من زوجته رؤيا تخبره فيها بمغادرة البيتيبدأ البحث عنها وأيضا عن أخوها جلال الكاتب الصحفي الشهيرالفصول متبادلة في الرواية بين ذكري [...]

    3. Matt

      this is a rare example of a reread for me. I don't reread books very often, not because I don't want to, blahblahblah. My experience of reading this one was a good example of a certain kind of reader's disease. The kind where even though you are trying to focus your attention on the story, the language, etc your eyes start to water and you kind of glaze over in your mind, turning pages and sort of dimly registering the story. It's not "reading",per se, but it's not skimming either. It's not bull [...]

    4. downinthevalley

      Biraz konuşalım.Orhan Pamuk serüvenim yedi yıl önce, doğduğum evin balkonunda ailemin kütüphanesinden çekip aldığım Yeni Hayat ile başladı. Eski bordo kapaklı bir kitaptı, ilk cümlesini bizzat yaşayacağımı düşünmemiştim hiç, yaşadım.Daha derinlere inmeden belirtmek istiyorum ki, bu platformu ve buradaki insanları seviyorum. Yorumlara, inceleme yazılarına önem veriyorum. Buranın edebiyat ile dolu olmasını istiyorum. Yazarları kendi hayatlarından, edebi kişil [...]

    5. وائل المنعم

      مع أسمي أحمر - في الحقيقة بعدها - تعتبر الكتاب الأسود أجمل روايات باموق ومن أهم الأعمال الروائية في التاريخ. يبدو الكتاب للوهلة الأولى بمثابة مسارين منفصلين - حكاية بحث غالب عن رؤيا ومقالات جلال "ثم غالب" - إلا أن الكثير في حكاية غالب لا يمكن فك طلاسمه إلا من خلال مقالات جلال، و [...]

    6. Inderjit Sanghera

      A post-modern masterpiece in the vein of the best of Calvino or Borges, ‘The Black Book’ is the novel in which Pamuk was able to force his literary star and create a work of art luminosity blazed forth and heralded a new star of Turkish literature; Kemal had poetry, but Pamuk has something even more important-originality.The dominant themes in the novel are ones which often recur in Pamuk’s novels; identity, Westernisation and Istanbul, combined with a sense of playfulness and erudition. L [...]

    7. مروان البلوشي

      رواية الكتاب الأسود –برأيي الشخصي- هي أفضل ما كتبه الروائي التركي أورهان باموك حتى الآن. لن أكتب هنا عن رأيي بتفاصيل الرواية أو تقييمي لخباياها لا أريد ذلك، فهناك العديد من الأسرار التي تعلمتها والتي سأحتفظ بها لنفسي، ولكني سأذكر هنا 7 نقاط أساسية عن هذه الرواية (الرقم 7 سحري [...]

    8. Ipek Soran

      "yetenek denen şeyden daha çok güvendiğim inatçılık ve sabrıma" demiş orhan pamuk. kara kitap'ın bende bıraktığı en büyük iz, tam da bu oldu. bu kitabı ölmeden önce okumuş olmak ne büyük mutluluk.

    9. Adam

      A man’s search for his wife and her journalist ex-husband becomes intertwined with the latter’s bizarre articles/columns turning this book into a bewildering hall of mirrors of Dostoevsky styled feverish monologues, storytelling sessions like a Dinesen or Potocki tale, and Borgesian labyrinths of history and literature (and fake detective tale). Each chapter is its own unit; a short story, mock essay, or monologue. This book is exasperating, annoying, thrilling, and provocative at different [...]

    10. Whitaker

      *Available from KOBOBOOKSThe book, in a nutshell, traces the protagonist’s search for his wife and, subsequently, also his cousin. There is indeed a vague plot resembling a detective novel here, but that is hardly the point of the novel. The real point of the novel is Turkey, as Galip’s search for Ruya takes him around Istanbul meeting various people who he thinks might help him find her, and via this process the novel morphs into an examination of identity, both individual and national. On [...]

    11. John

      I hope that Orhan Pamuk really enjoyed writing The Black Book, because I definitely did not enjoy reading it. It is ostensibly the story of Celal, a columnist for a major Turkish daily who has disappeared or ran away, told through the eyes of the his friend and brother-in-law, Galip. When Galip’s pulp detective novel-loving wife (Celal’s sister) disappears as well, Galip turns into something of a detective himself, and the plot thickens. And then, it slows to a tedious crawl.Whatever the sto [...]

    12. Nicko D

      За искам само да вмъкна нещо извън ревюто ми за сайта. "Черна книга" бе първата ми борба с Орхан Памук през 2010 г.; започвах я 6 или 8 пъти, началото ми харесваше, четох отделни глави в рамките на 2 години. Изводът ми е, че за всяка книга си има времето, особено за автор с качествата [...]

    13. Deea

      To what degree can we be ourselves? “To be or not to be oneself”, considers Pamuk, is life’s ultimate question. A roller-coaster which is alike in many aspects with a detective novel, this story is suffused with possible answers to the question above and explorations of how, only by telling stories, a man can really be himself. Through hypotheses developed in stories with a prince embarking on quests of finding his real self in order to be able to guide his people if he would come next in [...]

    14. Maria Ferreira

      Escrito por Orhan Pamuk, escritor e professor universitário, foi condecorado com Prémio Nobel da Literatura em 2006. Os jardins da memória, em inglês The black Book, foi publicado em 1990, após o regresso do autor à sua cidade natal, Istambul.O livro apresenta alguma complexidade, a estrutura linguística é cuidada e eloquente, a estrutura narrativa é não linear o que obriga a um maior esforço de compreensão e encadeamento das ações, por vezes senti-me perdida no meio dos textos, te [...]

    15. Duygu

      Masal, dağları aşan, zorlu patikalardan geçen, tek gözlü devlerle boğuşan Galip’in öyküsü. Beyoğlu uzak dağlar, Rüya’nın olabileceği her yer ve ona giden yollar, zorlu patikalar, Galip’in hüzünle ve gizlice nefret ettiği aile büyükleri tek gözlü devler.Bir kurmacanın yanında da başarılı bir ders kitabı Kara Kitap. Edebiyat teorisine dair sayfalarca anlatılacak kuru bilginin kurmacaya dökülmüş hali. Bana kalırsa başarısı biraz da burdan sebep. Mümkün [...]

    16. Vonia

      I get it. Not all authors write in the same style, the same proficiency, the same genre, nor the same level of whatever readers want in each of their books. That is why there are novels that are more successful than others within their work. Perhaps, therefore, there should be no real sympathy for me here, but Orhan Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence was by far one of my all-time-favorites, a definite 5 Star. Sadly, I have read the more if guys works, increasingly desperately trying to find one tha [...]

    17. Steve

      Remember those Magic Eye pictures that were popular back in the 90’s? If you stared at what looked like random dots or patterns in just the right way, forcing your eyes apart from their usual angled focus, a hidden 3-D image would suddenly pop into view. Some of them were pretty cool. If you were like me, though, it took a while to get it right. I remember moving the picture back and forth, commanding my eyes not to cross as it got closer to my nose and trying to hold that same angle as I move [...]

    18. Nick

      This book should have been better. It had a very good beginning but then really fell off. The fault is most likely both Pamuk’s and Freely’s (the translator). The way Freely described the translation process in the Afterword (which should have been the Foreword, unlike most Forewords, which give away the entire plot and should be Afterwords), it seems as if Turkish is incredibly hard to translate into English. She also relates how beautiful Pamuk’s prose is. That beauty does not come throu [...]

    19. Carlo

      Who you really are? On the surface, this seems like a question already posed elsewhere with such banality and tedium that some would be happy to declare that they don’t care about the question, let alone a possible answer. However, you can’t help but to think about your identity while riding the roller-coaster that Pamuk manages to pull-off in The Black Book. Like all great minds, Pamuk knows very well that attempting to answer such a question is quite complicated, though he is committed to [...]

    20. Burak

      Benim Adım Kırmızı ile birlikte bu kitap gösteriyor ki Orhan Pamuk gibi bir yazar yok; Orhan Pamuk roman yapısı, kurgusu, içtenlikli ve karmaşık anlatımıyla (iyi anlamda karmaşık) eşsiz bir yazar. Bunu Benim Adım Kırmızı'yı okuyunca fark ettim ve şimdi de bundan eminim. Kitabı okurken bilgi ve düşünce zenginliği içinde kayboldum, gerçekten hem birçok şeyi bildiğini gösteren bir kitap ve insan kimliğini, varoluşu çok iyi irdeleyen, okuru her bölümün sonunda d [...]

    21. Kaan

      Kurgu harikası. Bazı uzun olsun diye uzatılmış cümleler dışında dili de gayet güzel, leziz. İç içe geçen örgü dışında, bu örgüyü oluşturan olayların ve hikayelerin orijinalliği ve söyledikleri ya da işaret ettiği gizemin ve ya bakış açısına göre gizemsizliğin (bakın neler yapıyorum!:) bütüne olan etkisi yerli yerinde. Hiçbir şey boşuna yazılmamış hissi verdi genel itibariyle.Modern klasik.

    22. Serbay GÜL

      Diğer 9'u hangileridir bilmem ama kesinler Türk Edebiyatının en iyi 10 eserinden biridir. -Bahsi geçen konu edebiyatsa eğer -

    23. Tchatchke

      Disappointing. A comparison to Borges and an intriguing review from The New Yorker inspired the purchase. Wish I hadn't. There was a large portion that I would have cut as an editor. Characters seem like cardboard cut-outs used to explore pet themes. All the themes were interesting, but there was too much repetition and too much going on. I also felt that the narrative structure completely fell apart. Maybe that was the goal with the dissolution of identity and confusion of narrator. The problem [...]

    24. Vit Babenco

      When I had read The Black Book I wasn’t disenchanted but I wasn’t enchanted either.“I thought of the pit which used to be right next to the building, the bottomless pit that had inspired shivers of fear at night, not only in me but in all the pretty children, girls, and adults who lived on all the floors. It seethed with bats, poisonous snakes, rats, and scorpions like a well in a tale of fantasy. I had a feeling it was the very pit described in Şeyh Galip’s Beauty and Love and mentione [...]

    25. Aysuncan

      simdiye kadar okudugum en iyi Turk romani olabilir. Okuduktan sonra da kesinlikle Orhan Pamuk'un normal bi insan olmadigina karar verdigim kitap.

    26. Asma awadh

      يتحدث أورهان باموق عن هذه الرواية في كتابه ألوان اخرى"أشد ما أتذكره بقوة من الكتاب الأسود هي الأيام الأخيرة التي قصيتها في العمل عليه.في 1988 بعد ثلاث سنوات من العمل ,عندما كانت النهاية تلوح في الأفق ,أغلقت على نفسي لوقت قصير في شقة خالية في قمة بناية حديثة ترتفع سبعة عشر طابقاً [...]

    27. Ezgi

      'Başıma bir iş gelmeyecekse' yer yer çok parlak kısımlar olmasına rağmen tesir edemeyen, bütünleşemeyen bir kitap. Her şey 'çok'; ama hiçbir şey bütünlüklü değil. Bu çokluk, zenginlik değil, fazlalık gibi duruyor ne yazık ki. Sanki saçılmış ve toplanmamış. Toplanması gerekiyor mu? Her anlatıda gerekmiyor. Ama aynı zamanda her kitap kurgu kitap olmak zorunda değil. Pekala bu düşünce akışlarını istediği gibi kaleme alıp romanlaştırmadan bırakabilirdi d [...]

    28. Christopher

      While reading Orhan Pamuk's breakthrough novel, it is easy to feel as lost as the central character, a lawyer who discovers that the central mystery is not the whereabouts in enigmatic Istanbul of his missing wife, but rather that of identity itself. His identity, that of a newspaper columnist given to revolutionary tales and historical asides, that of a mysterious caller, and in fact, of Istanbul itself and its relation to the culture and identity of the West are all called into question.The wr [...]

    29. Tim

      I picked up this book at a library book sale - in part for the picture of the Hagia Sophia on the cover, the blurbs ("tantalizing," "splendid," "delicious"), and the promise of the exotic in Istanbul. The copy I purchased was published before Pamuk won the Nobel Prize.This is an intricate and beautifully written book. It is a detective story like Calvino's If On A Winter's Night a Traveller is a detective story. Like that story it is a reflection on writing and identity, but set in Istanbul with [...]

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