The Black Book
A brilliantly unconventional mystery and a provocative meditation on the weight of history in modern Istanbul.
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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
‘Dazzling . . . Turns the detective novel on its head.’ Independent on Sunday
‘Pamuk’s masterpiece’ Times Literary Supplement
Galip’s wife has disappeared. Could she have left him for Celál, a popular newspaper columnist? But Celál, too, seems to have vanished.
As Galip investigates, he gradually assumes the enviable Celal’s identity, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even writing his columns. But despite pursuing every clue the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and Galip never feels himself to be any closer to finding his beloved Ruya. When he receives a death threat, he begins to fear the worst. . .
'A glorious flight of dark, fantastic invention ... It offers many pleasures, Gothic, Borgesian and other, the best of which is a vision of Istanbul as a city of sinister complexity.'
'[An] extraordinary novel ... Melancholy and satirical in equal measure, dizzyingly complex without ever losing its seductive power, it is up there with the best of Eco, Calvino, Borges and Marquez.'
'Dazzling ... Turns the detective novel on its head.'
A glorious flight of dark, fantastic invention.