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Silent House (Vintage International

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By Orhan Pamuk

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United States, 02 July 2013

Never before published in English, Orhan Pamuk's second novel is the story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980.
In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a former fishing village near Istanbul, a widow, Fatma, awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren. She has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idealistic young doctor, ran afoul of the sultan's grand vizier and arrived to serve the poor fishermen. Now mostly bedridden, she is attended by her constant servant Recep, a dwarf--and the doctor's illegitimate son. Despite mutual dependency, there is no love lost between mistress and servant, who have very different recollections--and grievances--from the early years, before Cennethisar grew into a high-class resort surrounding the family house, now in shambles.
Though eagerly anticipated, Fatma's grandchildren bring little consolation. The eldest, Faruk, a dissipated historian, wallows in alcohol as he laments his inability to tell the story of the past from the kaleidoscopic pieces he finds in the local archive; his sensitive leftist sister, Nilgun, has yet to discover the real-life consequences of highminded politics; and Metin, a high school nerd, tries to keep up with the lifestyle of his spoiled society schoolmates while he fantasizes about going to America--an unaffordable dream unless he can persuade his grandmother to tear down her house.
But it is Recep's nephew Hasan, a high school dropout, lately fallen in with right-wing nationalists, who will draw the visiting family into the growing political cataclysm issuing from Turkey's tumultuous century-long struggle for modernity.
By turns deeply moving, hilarious, and terrifying, "Silent House" pulses with the special energy of a great writer's early work even as it offers beguiling evidence of the mature genius for which Orhan Pamuk would later be celebrated the world over.

About the Author

Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. His novelMy Name Is Redwon the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than sixty languages."

Reviews

Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk's spirited and spellbinding second novel, previously unpublished in English, follows a Turkish family as they come together in a fishing village outside Istanbul prior to a military coup in 1980. Narrated by a talented cast of performers, including Emrhys Cooper, John Lee, Jonathan Cowley, and Juliet Mills, this memorable audio edition proves to be an engaging production that will enchant listeners with its understated performances and superb pacing. Cooper and Lee are the true standouts, delivering stellar turns that resonate long after the final chapter. However, the entire cast is solid, its members boasting spot-on voices, dialects, and characterizations. This early work from Pamuk is brought to life-and fans will not be disappointed. A Knopf hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

[A] superb novel, which grips the reader and refuses to let go. The New Yorker Propulsive. . . . Reveals a family that is as complicated and volatile as [their] country. . . . The work of a great engineer. The Washington Post Inspired and impassioned. . . . Threaded through with ideas about history, religion, memory, class and politics. . . . The reading experience is so very pleasurable. The New York Times Book Review Luminous and stylistically inventive. . . . Brilliantly captures the disorder, nostalgia and hope of a society struggling with violence and self-definition. San Francisco Chronicle An excellent introduction to a body of work that is worthy of its 2006 Nobel Prize. . . . Pamuk summons empathy. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Impressive. . . . Proves once and for all that [Pamuk] is truly one of the world s most versatile fiction writers, no matter the language in which he is read. . . . [A] subtle portrayal of the slow-burning fire of Turkey s revolution. The New York Observer A poised and hugely impressive grasp of human variety. The Sunday Times (London) Artfully managed. . . . Illuminate[s] some of the sources of Islamist ideology, and sketch[es] the problems of Turkey. . . . Neither a polemic nor a history. It s a satisfying work of fiction by one of the best novelists writing today. The Washington Times An excellent introduction to [Pamuk s] Nobel Prize-winning body of work. The Miami Herald With its modernist multi-perspective narrative, the novel is full of arresting and unforgettable literary moments. . . . Psychologically gripping. . . . Silent House is both a highly readable fiction and an unsparing portrait of the Turkish intellectual class. The Independent (London) A poignant portrayal of everyday life in a 1980s Turkish seaside resort. . . . Pamuk transports us to a pivotal moment in his homeland s history and maps the emotional geography of modern Turkey. National Geographic Traveler (Book of the Month) Fanatical politics might empty our heads, but it is literature that returns humanity to the silent house. The Daily Beast The beginnings of a great writer. . . . 30 years on, the novel feels doubly prescient. The Guardian (London) A powerful, assured and engaging multiple-voiced narrative. It provides exciting insights into the subsequent career of a consistently original novelist. . . . English-language readers now have the opportunity to experience early Pamuk; it has been well worth the wait. The Irish Times (Dublin) Pamuk builds a multifaceted panorama distinguished by his customary intellectual richness and breadth. Kirkus" "[A] superb novel, which grips the reader and refuses to let go." --"The New Yorker" "Propulsive. . . . Reveals a family that is as complicated and volatile as [their] country. . . . The work of a great engineer." --"The""Washington Post" "Inspired and impassioned. . . . Threaded through with ideas about history, religion, memory, class and politics. . . . The reading experience is so very pleasurable." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Luminous and stylistically inventive. . . . Brilliantly captures the disorder, nostalgia and hope of a society struggling with violence and self-definition." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "An excellent introduction to a body of work that is worthy of its 2006 Nobel Prize. . . . Pamuk summons empathy." --"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" "Impressive. . . . Proves once and for all that [Pamuk] is truly one of the world's most versatile fiction writers, no matter the language in which he is read. . . . [A] subtle portrayal of the slow-burning fire of Turkey's revolution." --"The New York Observer" "A poised and hugely impressive grasp of human variety." --"The Sunday Times" (London) "Artfully managed. . . . Illuminate[s] some of the sources of Islamist ideology, and sketch[es] the problems of Turkey. . . . Neither a polemic nor a history. It's a satisfying work of fiction by one of the best novelists writing today." --"The Washington Times" "An excellent introduction to [Pamuk's] Nobel Prize-winning body of work." --"The""Miami Herald" "With its modernist multi-perspective narrative, the novel is full of arresting and unforgettable literary moments. . . . Psychologically gripping. . . . "Silent House" is both a highly readable fiction and an unsparing portrait of the Turkish intellectual class." --"The Independent" (London) "A poignant portrayal of everyday life in a 1980s Turkish seaside resort. . . . Pamuk transports us to a pivotal moment in his homeland's history--and maps the emotional geography of modern Turkey." --"National Geographic Traveler "(Book of the Month) "Fanatical politics might empty our heads, but it is literature that returns humanity to the silent house." --"The Daily Beast" "The beginnings of a great writer. . . . 30 years on, the novel feels doubly prescient." --"The Guardian ("London) "A powerful, assured and engaging multiple-voiced narrative. It provides exciting insights into the subsequent career of a consistently original novelist. . . . English-language readers now have the opportunity to experience early Pamuk; it has been well worth the wait." --"The""Irish Times" (Dublin) "Pamuk builds a multifaceted panorama distinguished by his customary intellectual richness and breadth." --"Kirkus"

EAN: 9780307744838
ISBN: 0307744833
Publisher: Vintage Books
Age Range: 15+ years
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