By Orhan Pamuk
From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling writer of Snow and My identify Is Red: a hovering, panoramic new novel--his first due to the fact The Museum of Innocence--telling the unforgettable story of an Istanbul road seller and the affection of his existence.
on account that his boyhood in a terrible village in significant Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized approximately what his lifestyles could turn into. now not getting as some distance in institution as he'd was hoping, on the age of twelve he involves Istanbul--"the heart of the world"--and is instantly enthralled by means of either the outdated urban that's disappearing and the hot one who is speedy being outfitted. He follows his father's exchange, promoting boza (a conventional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) in the street, and hoping to develop into wealthy, like different villagers who've settled the desolate hills open air the booming city. yet success by no means appears to be like on Mevlut's facet. As he watches his kin cool down and make their fortunes, he spends 3 years writing love letters to a lady he observed only once at a marriage, simply to elope via mistake along with her sister. And notwithstanding he grows to cherish his spouse and the relations they've got, he stumbles towards center age in a chain of jobs best nowhere. His experience of lacking whatever leads him occasionally to the politics of his associates and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic spiritual advisor. yet each night, with no fail, Mevlut nonetheless wanders the streets of Istanbul, promoting boza and considering on the "strangeness" in his brain, the feeling that makes him consider diverse from every body else, until eventually fortune conspires once again to allow him comprehend eventually what it really is he has consistently yearned for.
Told from diversified views via a number of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a contemporary epic of coming of age in an exceptional urban, a super tableau of existence one of the rookies who've replaced the face of Istanbul over the previous fifty years. here's a enthralling tale of human longing, certain to take its position between Pamuk's best achievements.
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