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My Name is Red
by Orhan Pamuk

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My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk Overview

At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers. The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a gr At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers. The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed. The ruling elite therefore mustn’t know the full scope or nature of the project, and panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears. The only clue to the mystery–or crime? –lies in the half-finished illuminations themselves. Part fantasy and part philosophical puzzle, My Name is Red is a kaleidoscopic journey to the intersection of art, religion, love, sex and power.

Orhan Pamuk

About My Name is Red Description

Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His Sons and The Black Book, in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi. As he writes in his autobiographical book Istanbul, from his childhood until the age of 22 he devoted himself largely to painting and dreamed of becoming an artist. After graduating fro

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Original Title Benim Adım Kırmızı ISBN 0375706852 (ISBN13: 9780375706851 ) Edition Language English Characters Kara, Şeküre, Kelebek, Zeytin, Leylek...more , Enişte...less setting Istanbul (Turkey) Literary Awards The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2003), Magnesia Litera for Translation (Litera za překladovou knihu) (2008), Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger for Roman (2002), Premio Grinzane Cavour for Narrativa Straniera (2002), UBL Literary Award for Urdu Translation (2015) (151)