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The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist

Orhan Pamuk
Translated by Nazim Dikbas

Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s Nobel Prize winner guides us through the worlds of the reader and the writer, revealing their intimate connections.

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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

‘Engaging, brilliant’ Guardian
‘A talkative, tender meditation’ Financial Times
‘Every novelist will want to read this’ Daily Telegraph

What happens within us when we read a novel? And how does a writer create its unique effects? In this thoughtful and deeply personal book, Orhan Pamuk takes us into the worlds of the writer and reader, revealing their intimate connections.

How is it that novels conjure landscapes so vivid they can make the here-and-now fade away, and characters so complex we feel we know them beyond the page? With Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Stendhal, Flaubert and Proust as companions, Pamuk considers the ‘sweet illusion’ of the fictional world, and the hold it exerts upon us. Anyone who has known the pleasure of becoming immersed in a novel will enjoy, and learn from, this perceptive and enchanting book.

Critic Reviews

Fascinating . . . Every novelist will want to read this, and will learn from a master.

Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

'A full-fledged theory of the novel . . . His explorations of time and plot, words and objects, and the convolutions of the reader's mind as he seeks the center of the novel are incomparable.'

Huffington Post, Ten Best Books of 2010
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'Pamuk's nonfiction voice matches the narrating voices of his novels - grave, throughtful, wry.'

San Francisco Chronicle
Critic Reviews

‘Engaging, brilliant’

The Guardian
Critic Reviews

'A talkative, tender meditation'

Financial Times
Critic Reviews

‘Every novelist will want to read this’

Daily Telegraph

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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