A Strangeness in My Mind

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9780571275977: A Strangeness in My Mind

From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red: a soaring, panoramic new novel—his first since The Museum of Innocence—telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life.

Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he’d hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul—“the center of the world”—and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father’s trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut’s side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the “strangeness” in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for.

Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk’s finest achievements.

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About the Author:

ORHAN PAMUK won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. His novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than sixty languages.

Review:

Shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award
Winner of the 2016 Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award for Foreign Literature
Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize


“[A] magical literary offering.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“As Pamuk follows his believably flawed protagonist and a teeming cast of supporting players across five decades, Turkey’s turbulent politics provide a thrumming undercurrent of unease. Rich, complex, and pulsing with urban life: one of this gifted writer’s best.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[A] love letter to modern Turkey, and above all to the city of Istanbul. . . . [O]ne of Pamuk’s most enjoyable novels and an ideal place to begin for readers who want to get to know him.” —Adam Kirsch, The Washington Post
 
“Pamuk’s novel grapples playfully with forty years of history in the culturally tumultuous city of Istanbul.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“[A]t once epic and intimateA Strangeness in My Mind is always limned by the emotional richness, slippery melancholy and empathy that Pamuk, in his unique way, brings to bear on his narrative. . . . A Strangeness in My Mind is an achievement on a colossal scale.” —Hindustan Times

“Woven through the pages is the author’s deep fondness for the city of Istanbul and a keen ability to articulate the tensions between old and new, urban and rural, traditional and modern. . . . [A] rich and compelling tapestry. . . . While the story is narrated in the third person and is focused on Mevlut, the voices of various characters break into the narrative and expand the story from their own perspective. In many hands this could be a wonky device—but not with Pamuk. Rather, it is a delightful approach taken with a deft touch.” —Winnipeg Free Press

[A]nother reminder of Pamuk’s brilliance in storytelling. . . . Pamuk’s concerns in A Strangeness in My Mind . . . have a unique universal appeal. . . . Pamuk has already proved what a great miniaturist he is in earlier novels. . . . Here, too, his eye for detail cannot be ignored. . . . Pamuk is at his best in this masterly portrayal of an artless man’s struggle to be nothing more than himself—to be happy, honest and open.” —The Times of India

[T]his novel is of gripping relevance to anyone who wants to understand either the sociopolitical landscape of Turkey or sociopolitical landscapes more generally. . . . The book pumped me up about the possibilities of the novel—the way that it can do a kind of work that social analysis and even history, with its limited access to private life and unspoken desires, can’t: namely, tracing the relationship between large-scale historical change and the thoughts and feelings that fill a given person’s head at any given moment. I found it as head-exploding as War and Peace, and more comforting. It gave me a window onto a part of human experience, and a part of Istanbul’s geography, that I thought I didn’t and couldn’t understand.” —Elif Batuman, The New Yorker

His writing is more beautiful than ever . . . infused with warmth, wit and gentle pathos. . . . [A] marvel of storytelling. . . . This is by far Pamuk’s most joyous novel. . . . [Imbues] the reader with the profound love and pride they feel for the city of Istanbul.” —The New Indian Express

“As in much of his work, here Pamuk attempts to define what happiness looks like, and how moments of joy are shaped by fate and intention. But what defines the novel, and what makes it so timely for the Turkey of today, is the rift between the public and private opinions of Pamuk’s characters, whether they are talking politics or family matters.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“[T]he novel is overwhelmingly sweet, with a constant dose of humour and positivity sprinkled all across. In fact, if you are new to Pamuk, then it’s advised you pick this book first, instead of other novels which have made the Turkish novelist what he is today. It will introduce you to the glorious aspects of the ‘Pamukian’ style of novel. . . . And if you have already read Pamuk, then do read this one too. The master storyteller may still surprise you.” —India Today 

“[A] beautifully woven tale of grinding poverty. . . . Like all Pamuk’s work, A Strangeness in My Mind is part love song to Istanbul.” —Capital City Weekly 

“[A] glorious and teeming everyman epic. . . . A Strangeness in My Mind is a pensive, intimate, critical.” —The Boston Globe

“Pamuk seems to be our sole literary guide to the conflicts and quandaries of Turkish political, social and religious life. . . . With Pamuk’s new novel I was . . . filled with admiration and respect.” —The Sydney Morning Herald

“[Pamuk] taps into a new vein of tenderness. . . . [F]or all the losses and sorrows Pamuk’s characters endure, A Strangeness in My Mind is poignant rather than desolate, in keeping with the indefatigable spirit of its flawed but lovable hero.” —Los Angeles Times 

“It’s hard not to be won over when you can feel [Pamuk] usher his creations onstage and give each a turn at the microphone. . . . It is Pamuk’s boundless compassion that makes the life of a struggling street vendor become, on the page, as monumental and as worthy of our attention as a sultan’s.” —Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle 

“[Pamuk’s] most accessible novel yet. . . . There is perhaps no more honest form of human expression than the cry of a boza seller, and if you listen closely enough to this novel, you may discover a secret history of Istanbul in Mevlut’s song.” —New Republic
 
“Pamuk’s profound love for his city, Istanbul, is the life force in this intricately detailed and patterned fairy-tale-like novel. . . . Pamuk, a deeply compassionate and poetic writer, illuminates ‘dreadful and dazzling’ Istanbul’s violent upheavals and ceaseless metamorphosis, women’s struggles for freedom, and the strange vicissitudes of love.” —Booklist (starred review) 
 
Orhan Pamuk is becoming that rare author who writes his best books after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. . . . When I learned three years ago that Pamuk was writing a long novel about forty years of history, witnessed through the eyes of an Istanbul street vendor, the prospect sounded as delicious as a glass of Turkish tea. Now I’m pleased to report that the results are magnificent. If you haven’t enjoyed Pamuk’s books in the past then A Strangeness in My Mind might well be the one that wins you over. . . . Prepare to fall in love with this everyman, this vendor of street-level history whose cry echoes down the years.” —The Independent

“[A] mesmerizing ninth novel. . . . [A] thoroughly immersive journey through the arteries of Pamuk’s culturally rich yet politically volatile and class- and gender-divided homeland.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

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