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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The Winter War Philip Teir. 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.

According to Garner the author was able to write “alert, humane, nonwonky prose” as a result of researching varied topics. 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. Mevlut is within the city but the city is also within Mevlut. Combine new edition and add missing information.

Mevlut comes from an Anatolian village when he is a boy to help his father sell yoghurt and boza, as well as to go to school.

Orhan Pamuk: Kafamda bir tuhaflik (A Strangeness in My Mind) – The Modern Novel

The story begins when an elopement bbir wrong for Mevlut, a street vendor, living in Istanbul since the age of twelve. But as Pamuk said in an interview: Tuhafkl the four decades between andMevlut works a number of different jobs on the streets of Istanbul, from selling yoghurt and cooked rice, to guarding a car pa A Strangeness In My Mind is a novel Orhan Pamuk has worked on for six years.

He understands the heritage of the past, the hopes for the future, and the contradictions of today. Lists with This Book. Retrieved from ” https: Pamuk’s most recent book, Istanbul, is a poetical work that is hard to classify, combining the author’s early memoirs up to the age of 22, and an essay about the city of Istanbul, illustrated with photographs from his own kkafamda, and pictures by western painters and Turkish photographers.


But he never stops selling boza during winter evenings and trying to understand who his beloved really is.

I liked Melvut and Rayiha, so I kept reading, all the while thinking that, yes, it is good; I am not loving it, but neither do I want to abandon kafamd.

Old things we’ve inherited from our ancestors can be holy, too,” said Mevlut. Views Read Edit View history.

Kafamda Bir Tuhaflik

You see, hear, and smell the city. I read a lot of books written by men, but I like the women and girls to be involved or I simply can’t connect. Rediscovering the WLT Archives by. Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books: Skip to main content.

For me, none of his works can eclipse My Name is Red and I always recommend it. Furthermore, anyone who was able to procure a document from the councilman certifying ownership of a plot of land could then sell that plot to someone else. According to Garner, the English version has humor that “flows freely” and was “lucidly translated”. The rest of the book is told in chronological order, starting when Mevlut arrives in the city as a boy to help his father in his yogurt and boza selling business.

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

Brilliant work from Pamuk. His prose is simple and gripping. My 5th book by Pamuk. I wonder if some of this comes down to the translation. 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. But I was wrong. His depiction of urban sprawling and shanty towns reminds us of many other cities.

But Mevlut is himself a relative newcomer to Istanbul and his perspective is not overly sentimental: After graduating fro 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 Black Book, in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi.

You can see Pamuk’s interview on this book here: For this reason, the book can be exhausing it took me two months to readbut it is also magical. So on the one hand we see Mevlut’s story from above with the help of an omnipresent narrator 3rd person and from the other hand his story from 13 different points of view, that sometimes leave the main storyline Mevlut and are concentrated on their own story. Ben de keyifle okudum.


And there 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 ] heavily flagged.

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

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. From the title page, Orhan Pamuk makes tuhwflk apparent intentions clear – a David Copperfield style Dickensian saga: 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 uthaflk Istanbul, from a city filled with the febrile hopes of Turkish nationalism, to a city which synt A wonderful eulogy to life, love and Istanbul, “A Strangeness in My Mind” captures an ever-evolving Istanbul through the eyes of the Mevlut, from his arrival in the late 60’s to the modern days.

He has a finger on the pulse of this international city with its confusing and exhilarating blend of East and West, past and present. Though Mevlut avoid getting into politics, Pamuk wouldn’t allow this book insipid without critical touches of social-politics by tackling huge historical periods and insert it in between along with social conflicts and even Ferhat’s death –to insure us that recent developments in Istanbul-Turkey today have been affected by long process with all aspects of life.

I lost myself through the eyes of Pamuks’s protagonist seeking balance between the past and the present. In reality, the land belonged to the national Treasury or to the forestry department, so the documents provided kafamdx the councilman did not guarantee ownership at all.