The New Life by Orhan Pamuk

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Osman is a young university student whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a mysterious book. Osman becomes obsessed with the book, which seems to contain all the magic and power of life and love. Romantic and elusive, The New Life is a rhapsody to love and an investigation into the shadowy nature of self.
 

About Orhan Pamuk

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Author Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul, Turkey on June 7, 1952. After graduating from Robert College in Istanbul, he studied architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. After three years, he decided to become a writer and graduated from the Institute of Journalism at the University of Istanbul in 1976. In 1982, he published his first novel Cevdet Bey and His Sons, which received both the Orhan Kemal and Milliyet literary prizes. His novel, My Name Is Red, won the French Prix Du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the 2002 Italian Grinzane Cavour, and the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin literary award. He has received numerous Turkish and international literary awards for his works including the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. He has spent almost his entire life in Istanbul. From 1985 to 1988, he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City. During this time, he also had a fellowship at the University of Iowa.
 
Published December 16, 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 303 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And Osman/Pamuk opens up level beyond level of meaning and implication, as he travels to various locales that seem to promise a solution to the mystery of the book (whose contents are never fully revealed) and its readers--most notably, the mansion of Mehmet's father Doctor Fine, a wealthy mercha...

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In reviewing the first book, ''Weetzie Bat,'' in 1989, Betsy Hearne said ''the language is inventive Californian hip, but .

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The author established a screening program by purchasing only books that at least one reviewer had described as “astonishing.”

Jan 21 2007 | Read Full Review of The New Life

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Born into an upper-middle-class family that once sat on great wealth — he grew up in the Pamuk Apartments, and his elder brother was sent to Yale — Pamuk began inhaling the great writers of the canon in his teens, reading them with the special longing and intensity of a boy from the far si...

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The book mysteriously links him to the ethereally beautiful Janan, and together they embark upon a search for Mehmet, whom Osman unsuccessfully rivals for Janan's affections and who seems to have special access to the hidden worlds the book conjures up.

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The New York Review of Books

Along the way he encounters many of the same talismanic details that once affected Ka: the black dog, a poster warning that suicide is an offense against Islam, little wheels of “famous Kars cheese.” Pamuk writes, “That morning, as I walked the streets of Kars, talking to the same people Ka had t...

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