From a Turkish writer who has been compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work ...Show synopsisFrom a Turkish writer who has been compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity and the relations between East and West. In the 17th century, a young man sailing from Venice to Naples is taken prisoner by pirates and delivered to the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople. There he is forced into slavery and left in the custody of a brilliant Turkish inventor known as Hoja - "master" - a man who is his exact double. In the years that follow, the slave instructs his master in Western science and technology, from medicine to pyrotechnics. But Hoja wants to know more: why he and his captive are the persons they are and whether, given knowledge of each other's most intimate secrets, they could actually exchange identities. Set in the Ottoman Empire, a world of pirates, slavery, magnificent scholarship and terrifying savagery, The White Castle is a colourful and intricately patterned triumph of the imagination.Hide synopsis
The White Castle (George Braziller) – Hardcover (1991)
Orhan Pamuk, Victoria Holbrook (Translator)
Hardcover, George Braziller 1991
ISBN: 0807612642 ISBN-13: 9780807612644
Orhan Pamuk proffers a dazzling work of historical and philosophical fiction, set amid the scholarship and savagery of 17th-century Constantinople. When a young Italian scholar is taken prisoner, he becomes the slave and tutor of a Turkish scholar who is his exact double. THE WHITE CASTLE is a triumph of the imagination, as colorful and intricately patterned as a Turkish prayer rug.Orhan Pamuk proffers a dazzling work of historical and philosophical fiction, set amid the scholarship and savagery of 17th-century Constantinople. When a young Italian scholar is taken prisoner, he becomes the slave and tutor of a Turkish scholar who is his exact double. THE WHITE CASTLE is a triumph of the imagination, as colorful and intricately patterned as a Turkish prayer rug.Hide
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After countless wasted hours at bookstores flirting with other authors, I discovered you, a "new" author I could enthuse about grandly, knowing that with time you would receive the Nobel Prize for literature while I boasted about having read everything of you had written.
You reminded me of Milan Kundera and Umberto Eco. There was also the uniquely rich, varied texture of Instanbul, inferred in this particular novel but none the less quite present for me. (Perhaps i should say that "My Name is Red" is a joyous frolic, a magnum opus, a great success and a good place for your newer readers to start, if they need background in 16th century Istanbul.)
Still I hope no one who reads "Red" misses "White Castle." I found it a serious yet gently amusing exercise in pondering the many meanings of "identity. " It seesm to be somethign that you have contemplated more deeply than most. There are some telling moments where the book's two look-a-likes, slave (captive Italian) and Hoja (Turkish for Master) try to tease out their individual nuances and idiosyncracities.
The result is subtle and astonishing. For me, the breathtaking moment was the contrast of the Slaves's anxiety in the face of mounting plaque and Hoja's fearlessness, when faced with the same. Your work is modern literature for romantic thinkers. White Castle is a brilliant play on identity. Anyone who has spent a few introspective moments post 9/11 et al, should in my huble opinion at least read this contrast and synthesis in western-eastern idea.
So please dear Orhan, although it may have been a long road to the Nobel, it is I who have gained everything, rich hours spent over dark coffee, your book(s) clasped firmly in hand because I could not deny myself the pleasure of reading them, sometimes to the detriment of all other obligations.
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