A Strangeness in My Mind: A Novel by Orhan Pamuk

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By Orhan Pamuk

From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling writer of Snow and My identify Is Red: a hovering, panoramic new novel--his first considering The Museum of Innocence--telling the unforgettable story of an Istanbul road seller and the affection of his existence.

due to the fact his boyhood in a terrible village in important Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized approximately what his existence might develop into. now not getting as a ways in institution as he'd was hoping, on the age of twelve he involves Istanbul--"the heart of the world"--and is instantly enthralled by way of either the previous urban that's disappearing and the recent person who is quickly being equipped. He follows his father's alternate, promoting boza (a conventional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) in the street, and hoping to turn into wealthy, like different villagers who've settled the desolate hills outdoors the booming city. yet good fortune by no means seems on Mevlut's aspect. As he watches his relatives cool down and make their fortunes, he spends 3 years writing love letters to a lady he observed only once at a marriage, simply to elope through mistake together with her sister. And even though he grows to cherish his spouse and the relatives they've got, he stumbles towards heart age in a chain of jobs best nowhere. His experience of lacking anything leads him occasionally to the politics of his acquaintances and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic spiritual advisor. yet each night, with no fail, Mevlut nonetheless wanders the streets of Istanbul, promoting boza and brooding about on the "strangeness" in his brain, the feeling that makes him think varied from all people else, until eventually fortune conspires once again to allow him comprehend finally what it truly is he has continually yearned for.

Told from diverse views via a number of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a contemporary epic of coming of age in a superb urban, a super tableau of lifestyles one of the newbies who've replaced the face of Istanbul over the prior fifty years. here's a spell binding tale of human longing, definite to take its position between Pamuk's most interesting achievements.

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