TODAY’S – New novel by Orhan Pamuk out next week

New novel by Orhan Pamuk out next weekOrhan Pamukandrsquos newest novel is due out on Dec. 9, Turkish newspapers reported Monday, putting an end to long-lasting anticipation among the Turkish Nobel laureateandrsquos fans.

andldquoKafamda Bir TuhaflIk,andrdquo billed by Pamukand#39s publisher YapI Kredi Publications (YKY) as andldquoboth a love story and a modern-day epic,andrdquo was expected to be published sometime in the first half of this year after YKY announced in July 2013 that preparations for the new book were under way.There is currently no official English translation available for the bookand#39s title, though it can roughly be translated as andldquostrangeness in my head.

andrdquoPamuk worked for six years on the novel, set in Istanbul, like most of the authorand#39s other works.The 480-page book follows the love story between a street vendor named Mevlut and his girlfriend, as well as Mevlutand#39s 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 andldquostrangenessandrdquo in his head is — a strangeness that makes him different from all the andldquoothers,andrdquo according to the YKY website.

The 62-year-old Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. Among his best known novels are andldquoKarandrdquo (Snow), andldquoSessiz Evandrdquo (The Silent House), andldquoIstanbul: HatIralar ve Iehirandrdquo (Istanbul: Memories and the City) and andldquoMasumiyet Muzesiandrdquo (Museum of Innocence), which have collectively sold over 11 million copies in 60 languages worldwide.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman