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November 4, 2020 at 4:03 am #5344Jennifer VaughnGuest
A Strangeness in My Mind
by Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap
- Release date: September 24, 2015
- Format: hardcover, 624 pages
- Language: english
- Genres: fiction, turkish, contemporary, novels, literature, asia
- Awards: Europese Literatuurprijs Nominee (2017), International Dublin Literary Award Nominee for Shortlist (2017), International Booker Prize Nominee (2016)
- Author: Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap
- Places: Istanbul, Turkey
- ISBN: 9780571275977 (0571275974)
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
About The Book
A Strangeness In My Mind is a novel Orhan Pamuk has worked on for six years. It is the story of boza seller Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years’ worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul.
In the four decades between 1969 and 2012, Mevlut works a number of different jobs on the streets of Istanbul, from selling yoghurt and cooked rice, to guarding a car park. He observes many different kinds of people thronging the streets, he watches most of the city get demolished and re-built, and he sees migrants from Anatolia making a fortune; at the same time, he witnesses all of the transformative moments, political clashes, and military coups that shape the country. He always wonders what it is that separates him from everyone else — the source of that strangeness in his mind. But he never stops selling boza during winter evenings and trying to understand who his beloved really is.
What matters more in love: what we wish for, or what our fate has in store? Do our choices dictate whether we will be happy or not, or are these things determined by forces beyond our control?
A Strangeness In My Mind tries to answer these questions while portraying the tensions between urban life and family life, and the fury and helplessness of women inside their homes.
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