The New Life

Orhan Pamuk
Translated by Güneli Gün

The New Life by Orhan Pamuk is a spiritual journey into the arid heartland of Turkey, in the name of love, literature and freedom.

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‘I read a book one day, and my whole life was changed.’

So begins The New Life, Orhan Pamuk’s fabulous road novel about a young student who yearns for the life promised by a dangerously magical book. On his remarkable journey, he falls in love, abandons his studies, turns his back on home and family, and embarks on restless bus trips through the provinces, in pursuit of an elusive vision. This is a wondrous odyssey, laying bare the rage of an arid heartland, from the bestselling author of My Name is Red and Snow.

In coffee houses with black-and-white TV sets, on buses where passengers ride watching B-movies on flickering screens, in wrecks along the highway, in paranoid fictions with spies as punctual as watches, the magic of Pamuk’s creation comes alive.

From a writer compared to Kafka, Nabakov, Calvino and García Márquez, The New Life documents the spiritual journey of a young student, who leaves his family behind in the name of love, life and literature.

Critic Reviews

Pellucid, elusive, infinitely suggestive and poignant . . . Everyone should read Pamuk.

New Statesman
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A head-on collision between Ballard's Crash and Hesse's Siddhartha. A strange, haunting novel.

Literary Review
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Brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the Turkish hinterland.

Alain de Botton
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You could become obsessed with this novel.


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’.…

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