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A Strangeness in My Mind

Orhan Pamuk
Translated by Ekin Oklap

A mesmerizing love story with a cast of beguiling characters, from the Nobel prizewinning author Orhan Pamuk.

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A mesmerizing love story with a cast of beguiling characters, from the Nobel prizewinning author Orhan Pamuk


Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

‘A magnificent novel.’ Wall Street Journal
‘Powerful and moving.’ TLS ‘Books of the Year’
‘Prepare to fall in love’ Mail on Sunday
‘As head-exploding as War and Peace, and more comforting’ Elif Batuman

As a child, Mevlut always felt like he was missing out. When he moves to Istanbul – ‘the centre of the world’ – he is immediately enthralled. He wanders through its alleys for forty years, working as a street vendor and gaining a unique perspective of a radically changing city.

Mevlut watches his friends and relatives settle down and make their fortunes, while he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. He never manages to shake the ‘strangeness in his mind’, until at last fortune conspires to let him understand what it is he yearns for . . .

Critic Reviews

Powerful and moving.

TLS 'Books of the Year'
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Magnificent . . . Prepare to fall in love with this everyman, this vendor of street-level history whose cry echoes down the years.

Independent on Sunday
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Life-affirming story telling at its best. Written with humour, warmth and generosity, capturing the country's political upheaval and the extraordinariness of ordinary human life . . . A dazzling portrait of the author's beloved Istanbul.

Mail on Sunday
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A polyphonic novel about desire, memory, change and the lost pleasures of walking around Istanbul's long-gone neighbourhoods.

FT 'Books of the Year'
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With its comedy, sentiment, melodrama and voracious curiosity about the urban habitat, this is Pamuk's most Dickensian work . . . City and soul converge.

Critic Reviews

Pamuk’s novel grapples playfully with forty years of history in the culturally tumultuous city of Istanbul

The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

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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