Faber to publish Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk

By Faber Editor, 8 February 2022

Faber has announced Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk, a new novel from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, translated from Turkish by Ekin Oklap.


Nights of Plague, an historical epic of murder and mystery, myth-making and nation-building, will be published on 22 September 2022.

Alex Bowler acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (exc Philippines, Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh) including audio, from Sarah Chalfant at The Wylie Agency.

1901. Night draws in.

With the stealth of a spy vessel, the royal ship Azizye approaches the famous vistas of Mingheria. ‘An emerald build of pink stone’. The 29th state of the ailing Ottoman Empire.

The ship carries Princess Pakize, the daughter of a deposed sultan, her doctor husband, and the Royal Chemist, Bonkowski Pasha. Each of them holds a separate mission. Not all of them will survive the weeks ahead. Because Mingheria is on the cusp of catastrophe. There are rumours of plague – rumours some in power will try to suppress.

But plague is not the only killer.

Soon, the eyes of the world will turn to this ancient island, where the future of a fragile empire is at stake, in an epic and playful mystery of passion, fear, scandal and murder.

Alex Bowler, Publisher, said:

‘Enthralling and dramatic, Nights of Plague is a landmark work from one of history’s master storytellers. It will delight Orhan’s English-language readers the world over, and win him thousands more.’

Orhan Pamuk is the author of many celebrated books of fiction, nonfiction, and photography. In 2003 he won the IMPAC prize for My Name is Red, and in 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Ekin Oklap was born in Turkey, and grew up in Italy. She translates from Turkish and Italian, and currently lives in London. As a translator, she was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

About the Author

Orhan Pamuk is the author of many celebrated books, including The White Castle, Istanbul and Snow. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Museum of Innocence was an international bestseller, praised in the Guardian as ‘an enthralling, immensely enjoyable piece of storytelling’. Orhan Pamuk lives in Istanbul.

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