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Titre : The New Life [SIGNED + Photo]
Éditeur : NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Date d'édition : 1997
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : As New
Etat de la jaquette : As New
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
First U.S. edition, FIRST PRINTING, SIGNED by ORHAN PAMUK directly on the second half-title page (signature only, not inscribed to anyone); hardcover with dustjacket; unread in AS NEW (Mint) condition (no marks/flaws, not book-club ed., not price-clipped, etc); comes with a GLOSSY PHOTO of the author at the signing event!. N° de réf. du libraire 8072
Synopsis : Osman is a young university student whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a mysterious book. Osman becomes obsessed with the book, which seems to contain all the magic and power of life and love. Romantic and elusive, The New Life is a rhapsody to love and an investigation into the shadowy nature of self.
Critique: In his native Turkey, author Orhan Pamuk's novel The New Life is a huge hit. Now English-language readers have an opportunity to sample this unusual book for themselves. The New Life begins with the sentence "I read a book one day and my whole life was changed." That book leads the narrator, a young man named Osman, on a wild journey in the company of Janan, a mysterious young woman in search of her lover, Mehmet. He had actually managed to enter--and escape--the world of the book. In the course of their travels, Osman and Janan are involved in a bloody bus wreck from which they emerge with new identities; they meet several "false" Mehmets; Janan mysteriously vanishes; and Osman eventually encounters a family friend who may or may not be the author of the life-changing book and possibly of The New Life itself.
In case you hadn't already guessed, The New Life is strictly postmodernist fare, where plot and character are minimal and time and space tend to bend and warp in unexpected ways. The author's vision is certainly original, his descriptions of violence and Turkish culture particularly strong.
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