The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk
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Pamuk describes the silent quality of memory. This book sings with the power of diverse remembrance.
-Financial Times

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From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red, a fable of fathers and sons and the desires that come between them.

On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating without luck meter by meter, the two will develop a filial bond neither has known before--not the poor middle-aged bachelor nor the middle-class boy whose father disappeared after being arrested for politically subversive activities. The pair will come to depend on each other and exchange stories reflecting disparate views of the world. But in the nearby town, where they buy provisions and take their evening break, the boy will find an irresistible diversion. The Red-Haired Woman, an alluring member of a travelling theatre company, catches his eye and seems as fascinated by him as he is by her. The young man's wildest dream will be realized, but, when in his distraction a horrible accident befalls the well digger, the boy will flee, returning to Istanbul. Only years later will he discover whether he was in fact responsible for his master's death and who the redheaded enchantress was.

A beguiling mystery tale of family and romance, of east and west, tradition and modernity, by one of the great storytellers of our time.

Translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap.
 

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 August 22, 2017 by Knopf. 273 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jun 06 2017

Pamuk seems to be trying for the stark authority of folklore and myth, but the novel’s realistic trappings don’t comfortably accommodate this intent...A disappointment, though no book by this skillful and ambitious writer is without interest.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Fran Hawthorne on Aug 21 2017

Happily, The Red-Haired Woman is more approachable than some of Pamuk’s oeuvre...But some things never get obsolete, including good writing by masters like Pamuk.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Aug 24 2017

Pamuk's latest novel to be translated into English, The Red-Haired Woman, doesn't approach the heights he has reached in those previous books, but at its best, it does reaffirm his reputation as a skilled writer.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Bettany Hughes on Aug 25 2017

Pamuk describes the silent quality of memory. This book sings with the power of diverse remembrance.

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