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The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
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Author:  Orhan Pamuk

ISBN:  9780571237005

Weight:  990g

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The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

“It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it.”

It is a perfect Spring in 1975, Istanbul.  Kemal, heir to one of the town’s wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, from another aristocratic family, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl, and a distant relation.

As they break the taboo of virginity, a rift opens between Kemal and his lovingly described world of the westernized families of Istanbul with their opulent parties and clubs, society gossip, dining-room rituals, picnics, their mansions on the Bosphorus infused with the melancholy of decay.

For nine years Kemal will find excuses to visit the other Istanbul, a house in the impoverished backstreets that Füsun shares with her parents, enjoying the consolations of middle-class life at a dinner table in front of the television.  His love for his distant relative will take him to the seedy film circles of Istanbul, cheap bars, sad hotels, a society of small men with big dreams and bitter failures.

It will make Kemal a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his love story and his obsessive heart’s reactions: his anger and impatience, his remorse and humiliation, his miscalculated hopes of recovery, and his daydreams that transform his Istanbul into a city of signs and spectres of his beloved with whom he can only exchange meaning-laden glances, stolen kisses in cars, movie houses and park shadows.

All that will remain to him, certainly and eternally, is the museum he creates, a map of a society’s rituals and mores, and of one man’s broken heart.

Collectors Notes

  • The Museum of Innocence is Orhan’s first novel since he won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature; signed first printings are now scarce.
  • For more information, you might like to visit Orhan Pamuk’s website.  This is a rich source of info on his life, books and future projects.

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