New novel by Orhan Pamuk published

ISTANBUL: Orhan Pamuk’s newest novel published and it put an end to long-lasting anticipation among the Turkish Nobel laureate’s fans.

“Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık,” billed by Pamuk’s publisher Yapı Kredi Publications (YKY) as “both a love story and a modern-day epic,” published.

There is currently no official English translation available for the book’s title, though it can roughly be translated as “strangeness in my head.”

Pamuk worked for six years on the novel, set in Istanbul, like most of the author’s other works.

The 480-page book follows the love story between a street vendor named Mevlut and his girlfriend, as well as Mevlut’s life in the streets of Istanbul throughout a period that spans over four decades, from 1969 to 2012, during which he works in a range of different jobs. Throughout these decades, Mevlut witnesses the various transformations the city, the people and Turkey in general undergo. All the while, Mevlut often wonders what the source of this “strangeness” in his head is — a strangeness that makes him different from all the “others,” according to the YKY website.

The 62-year-old Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. Among his best known novels are “Kar” (Snow), “Sessiz Ev” (The Silent House), “Istanbul: Hatıralar ve Sehir” (Istanbul: Memories and the City) and “Masumiyet Muzesi” (Museum of Innocence), which have collectively sold over 11 million copies in 60 languages worldwide.

Ferit Orhan Pamuk (generally known simply as Orhan Pamuk; born 7 June 1952) is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of Turkey’s most prominent novelists,[1] his work has sold over eleven million books in sixty languages, making him the country’s best-selling writer.

Born in Istanbul, Pamuk’s novels include The White Castle, The Black Book, The New Life, My Name Is Red, Snow and The Museum of Innocence.

As well as the Nobel Prize in Literature (the first Nobel Prize to be awarded to a Turkish citizen), Pamuk is the recipient of numerous other literary awards. My Name Is Red won the 2002 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, 2002 Premio Grinzane Cavour and 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The European Writers’ Parliament came about as a result of a joint proposal by Pamuk and Jose Saramago. In 2005, Pamuk was put on trial in Turkey after he made a statement regarding the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. His intention, according to Pamuk himself, had been to highlight issues relating to freedom of speech (or lack thereof) in the country of his birth. The ensuing controversy featured the burning of Pamuk’s books at rallies. He has also been the target of assassination attempts.

SOURCE: CIHAN