The latest addition to my website is Orhan Pamuk’s Kafamda bir tuhaflik (A Strangeness in My Mind). This is Pamuk’s labour of love, a hymn to. Kafamda Bir Tuhaflik hem bir ask hikiyesi hem de modern bir destan. Orhan Pamuk’un uzerinde alti yil calistigi roman, bozaci Mevlut ile uc yil ask mektuplari. A Strangeness in My Mind(Kafamda Bir Tuhaflik) (Chinese Edition) [Orhan Pamuk] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Since his boyhood in.

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He has a finger on the pulse of this international city with its confusing and exhilarating blend of East and West, past and present.

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is Turkey’s best-selling writer and first Nobel Laureate, but he is more than a talented Turkish writer. I love urban centred narratives by nature, there is certain buzz to a city that I find intoxicating and you cannot get buzzier more chaotic and more urban than Istanbul. The reason for this is that the publishers have recently published another earlier novel of his, Sessiz ev Silent Houseand did no want another earlier novel published without publishing a recent one.

A Strangeness in My Mind. The issue was not what was happening, very much not – but how it was told. During periods when the flow of unemployed and homeless immigrants to the city was particularly heavy, the price of these documents would rise, with the increasingly valuable plots quickly split up and parceled out, and the political influence of the councilman, needless to say, also climbing in proportion to the influx of migrants.

But this strangeness also shields him from the tyranny of time and ambition. He went on to graduate in journalism from Istanbul University, but never worked as a journalist. At the age of 23 Pamuk decided to become a novelist, and giving up everything else retreated into his flat and began to write.

Skip to main content. The White Castle about the frictions and friendship between a Venetian slave and an Ottoman scholar was br in English and many other languages from onwards, bringing Pamuk his first international fame.

The enterprising individual who built a house on an empty lot would plant a few poplars and willow trees a Brilliant work from Pamuk. For the first time, Mevlut got a proper look at the face of the woman he was to spend a lifetime with.

Orhan Pamuk: Kafamda bir tuhaflik (A Strangeness in My Mind)

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Pamuk writes literary about the city from the perspective of those who keep it buzzing long – the street venders, shop owners, inspectors, cleaners, builders. But I was wrong. Through that period, Istanbul changed in many ways — most of these ways were rather bif — and evidently, that continuous to happen today: The Winter War Philip Teir.

A Strangeness in My Mind

Now Parts 6 and 7 work as mini epilogues and is where we see a conclusion of Mevlut’s story in the book. The novel is the story of three generations of a wealthy Istanbul family living in Nisantasi, Pamuk’s own home district.

I became tired of the idol-worship of women, but I found the women characters grew stronger as the novel went on, and I give Pamuk some leeway on this because I assume he’s describing life as it was in Istanbul in the s through to today rather than a more ideal, equal society. Rediscovering the WLT Archives by.

The story of Mevlut, a boza-seller, and his family. More than this it is a paean to an Istanbul which has been swept up beneath the tides of modernity and intolerance, as demonstrated by the loss of the Greek, Assyrians and Armenians who were for so long part of the social fabric of Istanbul, only to become entangled under the influence of Turkish nationalism, slowly unravelling the richness and diversity which they brought to Istanbul.

Friday 2 October Mevlut the Boza Seller – as I’ve no idea why the publishers didn’t title it in English, evoking its 19th-century-novel ethos, and telling the reader more factually what the book is about Mevlut, for all that he wonders about his own thoughts, being one of the least oafamda characters one might encounter in the world of arty weirdos that populates literary fiction ibr seems pretty great for giving a panorama of how political and religious changes have affected the lives of working people in Istanbul over the last several kacamda, and for its concentration on working class life without seeking to romanticise it, or treat it as a mere obstacle or starting gun for characters destined for a life with more money and more time to spend reading novels like kafamxa one.

There are a lot of characters in this book but I did not find them hard to keep track of. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. View all 15 comments. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Yuhaflk Policy. He treads the streets of Istanbul, catering to the palates of a few dedicated boza drinkers, devoid of material longings, comfortable in his solitude, like a dervish.

Jul 01, T. A Strangeness in My Mind is imbued with ornate insights into the changing urban landscape of Istanbul and economic character of Turkey: View all 7 comments. His portrayal of the life of women, their lack of access to education in villages, their restricted choices in life, the way their future is mapped for them and their marriage is arranged as if they were property – again a reminder of how lucky some of us are to live in other societies.


Pamuk is a beautiful writer. But as Pamuk said in an interview: Furthermore, anyone who was able to procure a document from the councilman certifying ownership of a plot of land could then sell that plot to someone else. He offers some hope: But not hermitically so; this is also realist real life with other emotions and events. Born in Istanbul inthe author knows the complex city better than anyone else writing today. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mevlut walks at night – trying to sell his boza.

I liked Melvut and Rayiha, so I kept reading, all the while thinking that, yes, it is good; I am not loving it, but neither do I want to abandon it. Seymenliyska rated the story four of five stars. After making his getaway with his cousin, Suleyman driving, during the darkest of nights, Mevlut realizes his bride-to-be is actually the older homelier sister.

Amid this dizzyingly rapid change, Mevlut remains as outdated yet unchanged as the boza he sells, missing opportunities for entrepreneurship and apathetic to becoming a wage earner. He makes no complaint and marries the woman and remains a good husband and good father to their two daughters. Not only are you welcomed in to this world which, for me, is so very different from my ownyou become part of it.

I read a lot of books written by men, but I like the women and girls to be involved or I simply can’t connect. Lists with This Book. Mevlut’s story involves a large cast of friends and, particularly, relatives and the cast could get confusing particularly as his father and uncle married two sisters, and Mevlut himself then marries his cousin’s sister in law but Pamuk aids the read with a chronology, family tree and even a detailed index.

From the incipient left-wing movements, to the military uprisings, to the expanding influence of Islamists, to the seedy under-belly of Istanbul’s nightlife, Pamuk reflects upon the vast social change which is taking place in Istanbul, as it struggles under the weight of the numerous, and often contradictory, forces which shape it.

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