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As expected, Other Colors: Essays and a Story is a tapestry of words and images. Pamuk does not disappoint readers with this collection. If you only read his fiction, welcome to the real world, as seen through the eyes of an artist.
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Orhan Pamuk's first book since winning the Nobel Prize, Other Colors is a dazzling collection of essays on his life, his city, his work, and the example of other writers.

Over the last three decades, Pamuk has written, in addition to his seven novels, scores of pieces — personal, critical, and meditative — the finest of which he has brilliantly woven together here. He opens a window on his private life, from his boyhood dislike of school to his daughter's precocious melancholy, from his successful struggle to quit smoking to his anxiety at the prospect of testifying against some clumsy muggers who fell upon him during a visit to New York City. From ordinary obligations such as applying for a passport or sharing a holiday meal with relatives, he takes extraordinary flights of imagination; in extreme moments, such as the terrifying days following a cataclysmic earthquake in Istanbul, he lays bare our most basic hopes and fears. Again and again Pamuk declares his faith in fiction, engaging the work of such predecessors as Laurence Sterne and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, sharing fragments from his notebooks, and commenting on his own novels. He contemplates his mysterious compulsion to sit alone at a desk and dream, always returning to the rich deliverance that is reading and writing.

By turns witty, moving, playful, and provocative, Other Colors glows with the energy of a master at work and gives us the world through his eyes, assigning every radiant theme and shifting mood its precise shade in the spectrum of significance.

Review:

"Though the latest book from Nobel Prize-winning Pamuk (Istanbul, Snow) is a standard late-career essay collection, it makes clear the reasons behind the Turkish author's acclaim. Eschewing flash and flourish, Pamuk's style is plain, simple and persuasive-but therein lies its subtle power, well represented over more than 75 pieces divided into sections like 'Living and Worrying' and 'Politics, Europe, and Other Problems of Being Oneself.' Self-reflection and cultural evolution emerge often as twin themes, as in his consideration of the Thousand and One Nights: 'In those days, young Turks like me who considered themselves modern viewed the classics of eastern literature as one might a dark and impenetrable forest.' These concerns lead naturally to political considerations, such as his conclusion that 'the lies about the war in Iraq and... secret CIA prisons have so damaged the West's credibility in Turkey... it is more and more difficult for people like me to make the case for true western democracy in my part of the world.' There's humor as well; in 'Giving Up Smoking,' a smoking cab driver begs Pamuk's pardon: 'He was opening the window. "No," I said, "keep it closed. I've given up smoking."' Also included are musings on his own books and a short story, 'To Look Out the Window.' Disarmingly honest, Pamuk refuses to give in to melodrama or stylistic quirks, giving his feeling and frustration crystalline clarity and lasting weight." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Orhan Pamuk is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006. His novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. He lives in Istanbul.

Table of Contents

Preface

LIVING AND WORRYING

1. The Implied Author

2. My Father

3. Notes on April 29, 1994

4. Spring Afternoons

5. Dead Tired in the Evening

6. Out of Bed, in the Silence of Night

7. When the Furniture Is Talking, How Can You Sleep?

8. Giving Up Smoking

9. Seagull in the Rain

10. A Seagull Lies Dying on the Shore

11. To Be Happy

12. My Wristwatches

13. Im Not Going to School

14. Rüya and Us

15. When Rüya Is Sad

16. The View

17. What I Know About Dogs

18. A Note on Poetic Justice

19. After the Storm

20. In This Place Long Ago

21. The House of the Man Who Has No One

22. Barbers

23. Fires and Ruins

24. Frankfurter

25. Bosphorus Ferries

26. The Islands

27. Earthquake

28. Earthquake Angst in Istanbul

BOOKS AND READING

29. How I Got Rid of Some of My Books

30. On Reading: Words or Images

31. The Pleasures of Reading

32. Nine Notes on Book Covers

33. To Read or Not to Read: The Thousand and One Nights

34. Foreword to Tristram Shandy:

Everyone Should Have an Uncle Like This

35. Victor Hugos Passion for Greatness

36. Dostoyevskys Notes from Underground: The Joys of Degradation

37. Dostoyevskys Fearsome Demons

38. The Brothers Karamazov

39. Cruelty, Beauty, and Time: On Nabokovs Ada and Lolita

40. Albert Camus

41. Reading Thomas Bernhard in a Time of Unhappiness

42. The World of Thomas Bernhards Novels

43. Mario Vargas Llosa and Third World Literature

44. Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses and the Freedom of the Writer

POLITICS, EUROPE, AND OTHER PROBLEMS OF BEING ONESELF

45. PEN Arthur Miller Speech

46. No Entry

47. Where Is Europe?

48. A Guide to Being Mediterranean

49. My First Passport and Other European Journeys

50. André Gide

51. Family Meals and Politics on Religious Holidays

52. The Anger of the Damned

53. Traffic and Religion

54. In Kars and Frankfurt

55. On Trial

56. Who Do You Write For?

MY BOOKS ARE MY LIFE

57. The White Castle Afterword

58. The Black Book: Ten Years On

59. A Selection from Interviews on The New Life

60. A Selection from Interviews on My Name Is Red

61. On My Name Is Red

62. From the Snow in Kars Notebooks

PICTURES AND TEXTS

63. Sirins Surprise

64. In the Forest and as Old as the World

65. Murders by Unknown Assailants and Detective Novels

66. Entracte; or, Ah, Cleopatra!

67. Why Didnt I Become an Architect?

68. Selimiye Mosque

69. Bellini and the East

70. Black Pen

71. Meaning

OTHER CITIES, OTHER CIVILIZATIONS

72. My First Encounters with Americans

73. Views from the Capital of the World

THE PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEW

TO LOOK OUT THE WINDOW

MY FATHERS SUITCASE

Index

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NYC, December 27, 2010 (view all comments by NYC)
The first book I ever read by Orhan Pamuk was his memoir, "Istanbul." Unlike the previous reviewer, I had never had any particular interest in Turkey. How I came to read "Istanbul" is a very interesting story, but for another time and place. I loved the book, and so craved more nonfiction from Pamuk that I considered rereading "Istanbul," but then I found "Other Colors: Essays and a Story." My favorite books are books about books. And in "Other Colors" there is so much about the books and authors Pamuk loves. I loved the whole book, but I read those parts about books and authors twice. I can't urge you enough to read Pamuk's nonfiction, be it this book, "Istanbul" or the just published "The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist," which I'm currently reading. BTW: Pamuk is as engaging in person as he is on the page -- I saw him at an author event in a Barnes & Noble here in NYC in November 2009, and he was just wonderful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307266750
Subtitle:
Essays and a Story
Author:
Pamuk, Orhan
Translator:
Freely, Ureen
Translator:
Freely, Maureen
Author:
PAMUK, ORHAN
Author:
Freely, Maureen
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070918
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 ILLUSTRATIONS IN TEXT
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.54x6.56x1.41 in. 1.71 lbs.

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As expected, Other Colors: Essays and a Story is a tapestry of words and images. Pamuk does not disappoint readers with this collection. If you only read his fiction, welcome to the real world, as seen through the eyes of an artist.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though the latest book from Nobel Prize-winning Pamuk (Istanbul, Snow) is a standard late-career essay collection, it makes clear the reasons behind the Turkish author's acclaim. Eschewing flash and flourish, Pamuk's style is plain, simple and persuasive-but therein lies its subtle power, well represented over more than 75 pieces divided into sections like 'Living and Worrying' and 'Politics, Europe, and Other Problems of Being Oneself.' Self-reflection and cultural evolution emerge often as twin themes, as in his consideration of the Thousand and One Nights: 'In those days, young Turks like me who considered themselves modern viewed the classics of eastern literature as one might a dark and impenetrable forest.' These concerns lead naturally to political considerations, such as his conclusion that 'the lies about the war in Iraq and... secret CIA prisons have so damaged the West's credibility in Turkey... it is more and more difficult for people like me to make the case for true western democracy in my part of the world.' There's humor as well; in 'Giving Up Smoking,' a smoking cab driver begs Pamuk's pardon: 'He was opening the window. "No," I said, "keep it closed. I've given up smoking."' Also included are musings on his own books and a short story, 'To Look Out the Window.' Disarmingly honest, Pamuk refuses to give in to melodrama or stylistic quirks, giving his feeling and frustration crystalline clarity and lasting weight." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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