My Name Is Red

By Orhan Pamuk, Erdag Goknar (translator),

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The bestselling murder mystery from Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Award

'Wonderful' The Spectator
'Magnificent' Observer
'Unforgettable' Guardian

My Name is…

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It was only on a second attempt at reading it that I really appreciated this complex and wonderful book. Opening with the description of the murder of a manuscript gilder in sixteenth-century Istanbul, this book functions at one level as a captivating mystery. It is, of course, much more than that.

Made up of first-person narratives, I loved how animals and even inanimate objects are given their own voices. In one chapter, a counterfeit gold coin reflects on the intimate (and stomach-churning) ways such precious items interact with the human body. In what other novel can you find the drawing…

From Marcus' list on fiction about art and artists.

A murder mystery narrated by the victim, just as much in the dark about who killed him as we are. That alone would be enough to draw me in, but this novel has so much more – above all, a subtle insistence that we get to grips with a completely new way of seeing. The victim and each of his potential murderers are artists, their actions constrained or compelled by the rules which governed representation in 1590s Istanbul – ingrained in them since childhood. They cannot represent shadows, because God needs no light to see us by, nor perspective because…

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