The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
(Vintage International)

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It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal and Sibel, children of two prominent families, are about to become engaged. But when Kemal encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation, he becomes enthralled. And once they violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeoisie. In his pursuit of Füsun over the next eight years, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progress—amassing a museum that is both a map of a society and of his heart. Orhan Pamuk’s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize is a stirring exploration of the nature of romance.




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About Orhan Pamuk

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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 fifty languages. He lives in Istanbul.
 
Published October 10, 2009 by Vintage. 562 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006, opened his “Museum of Innocence” in Istanbul on Saturday.

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The New York Times

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The city of Istanbul is on exhibit in this novel of first love painfully sustained over a lifetime.

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The Guardian

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In poetically well-built museums, formed from the heart's compulsions, we are consoled not by finding in them old objects we love, but by losing all sense of Time.

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The Guardian

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Before long Fusun, too, has "deliberately elected to give her virginity" to Kemal (the deflowering is ominously juxtaposed with images of the Feast of the Sacrifice, with lambs being butchered on every corner of Istanbul), and she vows never to sleep with another man.

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BC Books

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The first period is between the time Kemal and Fusun meet, up to when Kemal is engaged to Sibel and Fusun disappears because she hates the fact that Kemal went ahead and got engaged to Sibel even though Kemal loves Fusun.

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AV Club

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Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk manages a staggering feat of character craft in The Museum Of Innocence, so thoroughly realizing what it’s like inside his protagonist’s claustrophobic head that when the story abruptly steps out of this perspective near the end, it’s like emerging from a dank cellar in...

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Independent.ie

Any time a Nobel laureate releases a new book, it's a biggie.

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London Review of Books

(The English translation, The Innocence of Objects, will be published later this year.) Borges could have written a four-page story about the madman who builds a museum while writing a novel about building the museum, but Pamuk wrote the novel, built the museum, and then wrote a book-length catal...

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Arts Fuse

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s new museum, named for and based on his 2008 novel The Museum of Innocence, has opened in Istanbul.

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