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Nights of Plague (Hardback)

Orhan Pamuk
Translated by Ekin Oklap

Plague is not the only killer— an historical epic of murder and mystery, myth-making and nation-building, from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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‘Orhan Pamuk is the sort of writer for whom the Nobel Prize was invented.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Pamuk is the real thing.’ Observer
‘One of the world’s finest living writers.’ Independent
‘Essential reading for our times.’ Margaret Atwood
‘Everyone should read Pamuk.’ New Statesman

Plague is not the only killer — an historical epic of murder and mystery, myth-making and nation-building, from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1901. Night draws in.

With the stealth of a spy vessel, the royal ship Aziziye approaches the famous vistas of Mingheria. ‘An emerald built of pink stone’. The 29th state of the ailing Ottoman Empire.

The ship carries Princess Pakize, the daughter of a deposed sultan, her doctor husband, and the Royal Chemist, Bonkowski Pasha. Each of them holds a separate mission. Not all of them will survive the weeks ahead. Because Mingheria is on the cusp of catastrophe. There are rumours of plague – rumours some in power will try to suppress.

But plague is not the only killer.

Soon, the eyes of the world will turn to this ancient island, where the future of a fragile empire is at stake, in an epic and playful mystery of passion, fear, scandal and murder, from one of history’s master storytellers.

Critic Reviews

A masterpiece of evocation, it conjures up its imaginary island with superb fullness and immediacy. . . it’s as a magnificent panorama of the last days of the Ottoman Empire that this outstanding addition to Pamuk’s fictional surveys of Turkishness will enthrallingly endure.

Sunday Times
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'A historical novel that will resonate with us all still recovering/reeling from the Covid pandemic... A tale of spies, conspiracy and murder, which is full of vivid characters... [A] sparkling imagining of an island at the centre of one of life’s catastrophes.'

Critic Reviews

May just be the best thing you read this year… A very knowing novel by an author at the height of his powers.

The Oldie
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How cleverly Pamuk has combined true facts with imagined scenes, and how persuasively and patiently he has plotted the course of a nationalist revolution.

Andrew Motion, TLS
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‘One of the most interesting books I’ve read this year . . . a compendium of literary experiments, ludic, audacious, exasperating and entertaining.’

Critic Reviews

The most distinctive pandemic novel yet.

Daily Mail

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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