My Name Is Red

My Name Is Red

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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers. The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed. The ruling elite therefore mustna€™t know the full scope or nature of the project, and panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears. The only clue to the mysterya€“or crime? a€“lies in the half-finished illuminations themselves. Part fantasy and part philosophical puzzle, My Name is Red is a kaleidoscopic journey to the intersection of art, religion, love, sex and power. Translated from the Turkish by Erda M GApknara€œA cheap rendition of the terrible account of the cuckold who catches his wife and her lover in a pear tree, from Rumia#39;s ia#39;vlasnawi, a#39;v he said. ... asked the old miniaturist by what secret he, a blind man, could identify those stories that other master illustrators couldna#39;t determine even by looking at them. ... Afterward, He provided us with words so we might share and discuss with one another what wea#39; ve seen.

Title:My Name Is Red
Author:Orhan Pamuk
Publisher:Vintage - 2006-12-05


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