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Strangeness in My Mind (Signed)

Pamuk, Orhan

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ISBN 10: 0307700291 / ISBN 13: 9780307700292
Edité par Knopf, 2015
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardcover
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New from our store Signed by author on tipped in page. 1st edition, 1st printing. N° de réf. du libraire ws15164

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Titre : Strangeness in My Mind (Signed)

Éditeur : Knopf

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :New

Etat de la jaquette : New

Signé : Signed by Author(s)

Edition : 1st Edition

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Synopsis :

From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red: a soaring, panoramic new novel?his first since The Museum of Innocence?telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life.

Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karata? has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he?d hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul??the center of the world??and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father?s trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut?s side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the ?strangeness? in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for.

Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk?s finest achievements.

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From the Nobel laureate and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red, a panoramic new novel--his first since Museum of Innocence--that brings us into Istanbul's underground in the company of a desperate street vendor.

Mevlut has spent his whole life selling a local alcoholic drink on the streets of Istanbul. It is the 1990s, and although there were once thousands of boza vendors, Mevlut now cuts a lonely figure on snowy winter nights. Falling deeply into debt, and desperate to marry off his incompetent son and satisfy his mistress, Mevlut turns to his old friend Ferhat, who collects payments on electric bills. The partners traverse the backstreets of middle-class neighborhoods and shantytowns, venture into flats, shops, restaurants of the poor, relishing their power to punish cheaters and collect bribes. But when the dangers of Istanbul's underbelly catch up with Mevlut, he finds himself beaten and threatened at every turn. Istanbul is exposed as a city with a rich and dynamic underground culture that seeps into its secular business centers and mainstream society. Mevlut serves as a flighty guide, occasionally attuned to the city's nuances, but with a wild imagination and instincts tainted by desperation.

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