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The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist

Orhan Pamuk
Translated by Nazim Dikbas

In The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist, Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s Nobel Prize winner explores the art of writing and guides us through the worlds of the reader and the writer, revealing their intimate connections.

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£12.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571326136
Date Published
03.03.2016
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Summary

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

Pamuk draws on Friedrich Schiller’s famous distinction between “naive” poets-who write spontaneously, serenely, unselfconsciously-and “sentimental” poets: those who are reflective, emotional, questioning, and alive to the artifice of the written word. Harking back to the beloved novels of his youth and ranging through the work of such writers as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Stendhal, Flaubert, Proust, Mann, and Naipaul, he explores the oscillation between the naive and the reflective, and the search for an equilibrium, that lie at the center of the novelist’s craft. He ponders the novel’s visual and sensual power-its ability to conjure landscapes so vivid they can make the here-and-now fade away. In the course of this exploration, he considers the elements of character, plot, time, and setting that compose the “sweet illusion” of the fictional world.

Anyone who has known the pleasure of becoming immersed in a novel will enjoy, and learn from, this perceptive book by one of the modern masters of the art.

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
Critic Reviews

'Pamuk's nonfiction voice matches the narrating voices of his novels - grave, throughtful, wry.'

San Francisco Chronicle
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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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