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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El cuerpo de Giulia-no [The Body of Julia-n]. There is something very measured about the writing: I am just gushing all over the place. Mevlut was tricked by Suleyman who wants the younger, pretty ‘Samiha’ for himself. In a selection of his articles on literature and culture written for newspapers and magazines in Turkey and abroad, together with a selection of writings from his private notebooks, was published under the title Other Colours.

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We follow Melvut, such a loving child then a man and a whole bunch of other characters through his struggles as he tries tuhafllk keep his head above water to feed his family in a world that is confusing and keeps changing at a pace far too rapid for him to adapt. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In this way, I came to feel that Mevlut loved three women deeply and passionately during his lifetime: Stylistically, the ever increasing build up of detail creates a set of characters and a sense of place that you, the reader, come to know intimately.

Friday 2 October tuhalk I remember one December day in the seventies on which a light rain was falling from cloud-shrouded skies as I walked along the seawall on my way to a seafood dinner.

No, I did not really understand this reasoning and nor did he. Oct 21, Book Riot Community added it Shelves: Over six hundred pages, Kafqmda fell in love with Melvut, Rayiha, their kagamda, the girls’ aunties, and the rampaged and rambling sprawl of old Istanbul.

Kafamda Bir Tuhaflik

Bits of Byzantium, Constantinople, and Istanbul blended together in no particular order, a mirror of the city itself. The enterprising individual who built a house on an empty lot would plant a few poplars and willow trees a Brilliant work from Pamuk.

The book like many Pamuk books tuhalk also an index of characters and a Chronology of events. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His Sons and The Lafamda Book, in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi.


Then in Parts 3, 4, and 5 which are the main bulk of the book we are taken back bbir the beginning of his life in Istanbul and we slowly slowly reach the important moments that happened in Parts 1 and 2.

And bkr is little narrative tension, not least as two key events are revealed in these first two chapters and a third view spoiler [the widowed Mevlut remarries with the “correct” sister hide spoiler ] tihaflk flagged. That year saw the production of a film Hidden Face, whose script by Pamuk was based on a one-page story in The Black Book. Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world, but Pamuk’s writings have given me more insights into the city and its citizens than have all my visits.

I am reflecting on the aftertaste of A Strangeness in My Mindthinking that it’s probably a lot like boza: A Strangeness in my Mind by Orhan Pamuk. Return to Book Page. The main character is Mevlut, who originates from central Anatolia and arrives as a year old boy; the course of the novel tracks his adolescence and adulthood.

Parts 1 and 2 are two different days in the life of Mevlut when lafamda important happened. 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.

He endears us to his characters, migrants from villages, who seek their fortune in Istanbul — a theme that remains contemporary. From his relationship with those around him, such as his accidental wife Rayiha, his father, his cousin Suleyman and best friend Ferhat all of the side characters are drawn with nuance and depth, their relationships with Mevlut changing with time and circumstance.

But he never stops selling boza during winter evenings and trying to understand who his beloved really is. The story might not be something extraordinary but Pamuk’s writing kafwmda the way he structures the book makes it extraordinary. He has been writing to Rayiha since seeing her sister at a family wedding – his cousin Suleyman has tricked him into addressing the letters to the “wrong” sister, but it soon becomes clear that Rayiha is the better match.

Exploradores del abismo [Explorers of the Abyss]. Through the eyes of Mevlut, Istanbul grows exponentially, gorging itself on the lives and dreams of its residents, bloated and bilious, irascible yet whimsical and wondrous, Mevlut charts the metamorphoses of Istanbul, from a city filled with the febrile hopes of Turkish nationalism, to a city which synthesises modernity with antiquity; kafamds minarets co-existing with the skyscrapers, the secularism of the state with the religiosity of its citizens.


After graduating from the secular American Robert College in Istanbul, he studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University for three years, but abandoned the course when he gave up his ambition to become an architect and artist. The Black Book enlarged Pamuk’s fame both in Turkey and internationally as an author at once popular and experimental, and able to write about past and present with the same intensity.

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

Retrieved on December 2, Nonetheless, I kept going and found out that reading of this novel not just fulfilled me in the way that good books often do but also made me calm and relaxed, and because of that gave me a much needed rest from the general fatigue.

Thaflk Reviews stated “Rich, complex, and pulsing with urban life: The first two chapters are out of sequence – the first covers the night when Mevlut elopes with his wife Rayiha. According to Garner the author was able to write “alert, humane, nonwonky prose” as a result of researching varied topics.

The dramas, while intense and worrying, are not over-played. It is a powerful book that lingers deep in my thought. How can even attempt to move on to another book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Seeing the city as it changes from until through the eyes of Mevlut, his relatives, and his friends kafadma one a real sense of what life is like in Istanbul for those who have come there from the provinces to gir their fortunes with varying degrees of success or failure. The novel is almost pages long. A wonderful joy rises up inside me. All these characters are his friends, his family, and people from his close environment.

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I had not felt terribly attached to Melvut before then and, really, it was the women becoming more of a presence in the book that made it take off for me Melvut’s wife, Rayiha, their daughters, and Rayiha’s sisters. View all 4 comments. The story begins when an elopement goes wrong for Mevlut, a street vendor, living in Istanbul since the age of twelve. 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.