The Black Book (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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The Black Book (Vintage International) (Paperback)


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From the Nobel Prize winner and acclaimed author of My Name is Red—a brilliantly unconventional mystery of a missing wife, and a provocative meditation on identity.

“A glorious flight of dark, fantastic invention.” —The Washington Post

Galip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective novel–loving Ruya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband or Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist? But Celâl, too, seems to have vanished. As Galip investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Celâl's identity, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even writing his columns. Galip pursues every conceivable clue, but the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and when he receives a death threat, he begins to fear the worst.

With its cascade of beguiling stories about Istanbul, The Black Book is a brilliantly unconventional mystery, and a provocative meditation on identity. For Turkish literary readers it is the cherished cult novel in which Orhan Pamuk found his original voice, but it has largely been neglected by English-language readers. Now, in Maureen Freely’s beautiful translation, they, too, may encounter all its riches.

A Translation and Afterword by Maureen Freely
Orhan Pamuk's novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Istanbul.
Product Details ISBN: 9781400078653
ISBN-10: 1400078652
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: July 11th, 2006
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Vintage International
“A glorious flight of dark, fantastic invention.” —The Washington Post

"A splendid novel, as delicious to our mind's palate as a Turkish delight and as subtle ... in its design as a Persian rug." —San Francisco Chronicle

"An extraordinary, tantalizing novel." —The Nation

"An inventive and .... exuberant modern national epic." —Sunday Times (London)