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Never before published in English, Orhan Pamuk’s second novel is the story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980.

In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a former fishing village near Istanbul, a widow, Fatma, awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren. She has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idea
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Hardcover, 334 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Knopf (first published 1983)
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Paul Gleason
Originally published in Turkey in 1983 and now translated into English for the first time, Silent House (Knopf) is Orhan Pamuk's second novel. Although the Nobel Prize-winner makes no direct mention of the historical relevance of the book in the text itself, his story takes place roughly one month before the September 12, 1980 Turkish coup d'état, in which the Chief of the General Staff General Kenan Evren and the Turkish Armed Forces restored order after violence had broken out between right-le ...more
mai ahmd
...لم يكف أورهان باموق عن الثرثرة على لسان شخصياته في روايته الشيقة البيت الصامت على مدى 456 صفحة والتي أنجزها بعد روايتيه (العتمة والنور) و(جودت بك وأبنائه) وقد نال عليها جائزة الاكتشاف الأوربي عام 1991 بعد ترجمتها للغة الفرنسية

تنبيه : تجاوز هذه المراجعة حتى لا تفسد أحداث الرواية


فكرة الرواية تدور حول التيارات السياسية التي ظهرت في تركيا خلال فترة الستينات والسبعينيات وذلك من خلال عائلة تعيش في مدينة جنة حصار وهي مدينة قريبة من استانبول يعيش في هذا البيت القزم رجب والجدة فاطمة والتي تمثل التي
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Sine
önce şunu not edeyim çünkü sürekli kıyasa gideceğim gibi bir his var içimde; bugüne kadar okuduğum diğer orhan pamuk romanları: kara kitap, yeni hayat, beyaz kale.

goodreads'in verdiği tarihlere göre 14 günde okumuşum kitabı ama sorsanız bana 4 gün gibi geliyor. diğerlerine göre çok daha akıcı çünkü. aslında şu an yaz tatilinde bir öğrenci olsam zaten bırakın dördü, iki günde bitirirdim. kara kitap'ı ve yeni hayat'ı okurken yaşadığınız o kitapla "dövüşme" hissi bu kitapta hiç yok. sanki kitapla b
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Gearóid
When I first started reading Orhan Pamuk's books I really struggled
and ended up abandoning Snow and My Name Is Read!!!!!!!
It just seemed to complex and I couldn't follow at all really.

But after reading Museum Of Innocence I really enjoyed this book
and started to feel I was understanding this great writers work.

Now I have finished Silent House....which I really loved!
Now I really do want to go back and read his books that i have abandoned.
Silent House just captivated me!The characters were really
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Chaitra
I must be missing something vital - in translation? in theme? Because this was the second book of Orhan Pamuk in as many weeks that I had zero (possibly negative) appreciation for. Granted, this is a translation of a very old book and Snow is a fairly recent graduate of the Pamuk alum. But, many of the themes that bothered me in Snow, bothered me here too. I'll come to that in a minute.

Silent House is a story of a Turkish family headed by an old (highly loathsome) grandmother, Fatma. She's ill a
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Tanja Berg
I was a bit uncertain of the rating for this book. However, I landed on 4* out of 5 mostly because I rather enjoyed it. This despite the fact that the alternating voices, perspectives and even tenses were confusing at times. Most of the voices - there was never any warning - I could quickly and easily tell apart, but the two teenage boys, Metin and Hasan were a bit difficult every now and then. Purposely so, the translator tells me at the end of the book.

Hasan and Metin are related, although the
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Simona
"La casa del silenzio" è una casa che sa di stantio, di polvere e di muffa. E' una casa triste, sola. E' la casa di Fatma, una nonnina di 90 anni, bisbetica, petulante, una casa che risuona del suo livore nei confronti del marito alcolista e attivista politico; è la casa di Recep, il nano; è la casa dei tre nipoti che giungono di tanto in tanto a trovarla. E' la casa di Faruk, il maggiore, un uomo che beve per sfuggire alla noia e alla ex moglie; è la casa di Nilgun, una studentessa attivista po ...more
Tanuj Solanki
Turkey as a polyphonic narration, as a multitude of ideas and desires. (The concordance of this notion with Indians' notions of India is the reason why Pamuk sells a lot here.)

Patchily done. Almost juvenile at times in its experimental vigour, although extracting, in some places, traces of a genius that Pamuk would later come to wield at will.

The heart of Pamuk's best novels - the return of the exiled man, or a man's quest / search for a woman, or both of these together, as in Snow and My Name i
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Savvina
Jun 06, 2015 Savvina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Savvina by: my mum
Shelves: greek-editions
Μελαγχολικό κια απρόβλεπτο.Δύο λέξεις που για μένα χαρακτηρίζουν απόλυτα το "Σπίτι της Σιωπής" του Ορχάν Παμούκ.Αξίζει να αναφέρω πως αυτό ήταν το πρώτο του βιβλίο που διάβασα και σίγουρα όχι το τελευταίο!Ο Παμούκ κατάφερε να με εκπλήξει με το γράψιμο του!Αν και το διάβασα από μετάφραση έχω να πω πως μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ,φανταστείτε πόσο πιο υπέροχη θα είναι η πρωτότυπη,τουρκική έκδοση!

Έχοντας διαβάσει χιλιάδες κριτικές για το "Σπίτι της Σιωπής" έχω συμπεράνει πως αυτό το βιβλίο αναμφίβολα δεν
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Ben Babcock
One of the background themes of The Prisoner of Heaven was the ongoing conflict between nationalist/fascist and socialist/communist ideologies in Spain in the middle of the twentieth century. History class in Canada focuses on fascism almost exclusively as seen in World War II. It elides over the Spanish Civil War (I’ve had to remedy that on my own time). It mentions Mussolini in passing as a buddy of Hitler’s rather than a fascist dictator in his own right. And everything after World War II i ...more
Stephen Durrant
Orhan Pamuk's novels hold particular value for those of who read international fiction in part as a way to gain some sense of the forces shaping other regions of the world. His work invariably portrays the tensions and insecurities of modern Turkey, a country caught, as he repeatedly demonstrates, between two worlds: Europe and the Middle East. "Silent House," one of Pamuk's earlier works, is no exception. This is the story of a large family, spanning three generations and is told with alternati ...more
Margaret Sankey
An early work by Pamuk, this is Turkey on the brink of the 1980 army coup encapsulated in one listless family. In a distant suburb of Istanbul, 90 year old grandma Fatma waits in a crumbling old house, surrounded by modern development of a resort town. Her arranged husband was an idealistic doctor exiled for challenging in Sultanate government, who then moldered within reach of the capitol through vast reforms, squandering his youth and her money on a ridiculous encyclopedia project and alcohol. ...more
Marco Caetano
Algures na Turquia, próximo de Istambul, numa terra à beira-mar chamada Forte-Paraíso mora Fatma. Fatma é uma víuva nonagenária que serve de eixo a esta narrativa. Vive com um anão, Redjep, que para além seu criado, é também filho bastardo do seu defunto marido. Tudo isto numa casa que outrora foi nova, mas agora nem por isso...

Todos os anos no Verão, os seus três netos vêem a Forte-Paraíso passar alguns dias de férias. Faruk, o mais velho, divorciado, parece querer seguir as pisadas do seu pai
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Sessiz Ev: roman, 1980, Orhan Pamuk (1952)
عنوان: خانه خاموش؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: محمد فهیمی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، چشمه، 1386، در 467 ص، شابک: 9789643623999؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ترکی؛ ترکیه، قرن 20 م

عنوان: خانه تاریک؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: محمد فهیمی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، چشمه، 1390، در 431 ص، شابک: 9786002290410؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ترکی؛ ترکیه، قرن 20 م

عنوان: خانه خاموش؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: مرضیه خسروی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نگاه، 1393، در 440 ص، شابک: 9789643
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Graham Crawford
This is a very well written book with extremely real characters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Appreciated maybe - It's a journey into nothingness and futility, anger spite & fear. I felt like I needed a wash afterwards. I found the Grandmother's vicious point of view particularly difficult to read. Almost as bleak as a Cormac McCarthy, but more believable - *shudders*. I read the drunken rage and rape driving scenes with a kind of fascinated horror, needing to put the book down but forced t ...more
هديل خلوف
لا أعرف من أين أبدأ .. الرواية كانت صامتة (!) ورتيبة جداً وتحوي كماً هائلاً من الأفكار الفلسفبة التي ولا بد أنها تؤرق كاتب الرواية نفسه .. الشخصيات كانت متباينة وتملك كل منها جنونها الخاص .. لفت انتباهي شخصيتي متين وحسن .. هذان المراهقان الطموحان بجنون والذي يعاني كل منهما عقدة النقص .. كان متين من الطبقة الراقية ولا يعترف بوجود الله أما حسن فهو من الطبقة الفقيرة ومتطرف دينياً .. ومع ذلك كان هناك الكثير من نقاط التشابه وخصوصاً في طريقة التفكير !
الرواية تجعلك تفكر .. لكنها رتيبة .. رتيبة جداً
Sarah Shahid
أداة جديدة من أدورات الفن الروائي يستخدمها باموق هنا وهي تسلسل فصول الرواية على ألسنة عدد معين من الشخصيات بالتناوب

أسلوب ممتع جداً استمتعت به، حيث إنه يسرد الأحداث ذاتها ولكن كل مرة من وجهة نظر شخصية معينة وكأن هذه الشخصية تفكر بصوت عال حيث تتشابك أفكارهم السابحة في أدمغتهم مع ما يحدث حولهم، وفي كل فصل أي بصحبة أي شخصية تشعر وكأنك دخلت أعماق تلك الشخصية أو بالأحرى تقمصتها، فأنت لست مضطراً -وكما يجري في العادة- لمحاولة تحليل كل شخصية ومحاولة استنتاج آراءها وأفكارها، فهنا الشخصية هي التي تتكلم وتس
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Inna
The book was almost painful to read. A clash between the westernized intelligentsia and the nationalist poor, accompanied by sexual tensions, ends up in violence and death. Everybody wishes well, but everybody hurts everybody else. And upstairs stays a vicious traditionalist ninety-years old grandmother who rejects everything and everybody.
Maria João Fernandes
"Houve uma época em que eu dizia para mim própria que o mundo era belo, mas não passava de uma criança, era estúpida."

"A Casa do Silêncio" conta-nos uma história de uma família turca, nos anos 80, ao mesmo tempo que analisa a atmosfera do país através do pequeno grupo de pessoas. A narrativa muda com os capítulos, a par do narrador, focando-se, quase exclusivamente, nos monólogos interiores das cinco personagens principais.

"Podem acontecer-nos muitas coisas na vida, mas passamos o tempo à espera
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Sheri
This book is a collection of representations and parallels. Pamuk draws lines between the oppressed and dominant across several groups: women/men; East/West; religious/atheist; poor/rich; educated/superstitious. He writes a series of chapters from each of the character’s perspectives and through these we learn about and sympathize with them individually as well as begin to understand the tapestry that is their world.

Fatma is a great icon for the religious East. As a young girl she married Selah
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Mihail Kostov
Това е първата книга от носителя на нобелова награда за литература Орхан Памук, която чета и сигурно ще е последната, макар да не е и наполовина толкова отвратителна, като други книги, които съм чел, затова поставих две, а не една звезда, въпреки че реално искам да пиша нещо от сорта на 2.1 звезди, но няма такава опция, а в никакъв случай не бих дал три звезди на една книга, която започва от никъде, стига до никъде и през цялото това време не разказва нищо, а малкото истории, които разказва, са ...more
Catherine Woodman
This book is an old one that has been newly translated into English. Orhan Pamuk has now won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and so all his work can be translated into English. When I was first in Turkey in 2006, I read his travelogue about Istanbul and not very presciently predicted he would win the Nobel Prize—he is very clearly that good. He has always reminded me of Marcel Proust in the level of attention to detail that he gives to everything that surrounds each of his characters.

This book ta
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Marla
I need to start my own personal campaign to get a "couldn't finish it" rating. I feel I'm being misleading by giving a book a rating I didn't finish. I especially feel guilty when the author is Orhan Pamuk. He's so well respected...he's won the Nobel Prize, Norman Mailer Award...on and on. I REALLY wanted to like this. I will say this is the only book of his I've ever read. And, it's one of his very early works, newly translated into English for the first time.

That being said, I gave it 100 page
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Annette
I found this book set in Turkey, not far from Istanbul compelling and gut wrenching: obsession of men with task, rather than relationship; the repetition of one generation to the next to emulate failings and learn little from example; the nascent presence of the idea of the dominant Islamic state; the concept and meaning of death; the isolation of the elderly; the inherent sexual drive of teenagers; the thanklessness of some lives; the value of the written word, but only within a context; the se ...more
Clarinda
Turquia, antes do golpe militar de 1980. A agitação política e social. Uma velha senhora que vive só. A cultura turca. Três gerações e a sua história. Os sonhos.

Estes e outros ingredientes, fazem deste livro uma obra interessantíssima e que vale a pena ler. Com alguns momentos mais parados e outros que não nos deixam largar a leitura, Pamuk conduz-nos numa viagem passado/presente, faz-nos entrar na pele das personagens, faz-nos senti-las, faz-nos entendê-las à luz da cultura e da sociedade turca
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Ferris
This novel, although translated and released in English in 2012, was actually one of Pamuk's early works, originally published in 1983. It was interesting to read this early novel now, after having read almost all of his later works. There are glimmers of the masterful writer in this story, but it is nowhere near the eloquent, finely crafted quality of his current writing. Clearly, even from his earliest writing, Pamuk attempts to blend literary and political elements to convey through fiction, ...more
Pardis Parto
اموک «خانه خاموش» را به شیوه جریان سیال ذهن نوشته است. پنج شخصیت اصلی در این رمان به روایتهای جداگانهای میپردازند اما این روایتها در عین مستقل بودن با یکدیگر هم پوشانی داشته و در هم میآمیزند و به نوعی کامل کننده یکدیگر هستند. ...more
Jay
Is Istanbul a suburb of Atlanta? I was expecting a book about Turkey by a Turkish author to make me feel like I'm in that foreign country, but this book felt like a Flannery O'Connor novel, with a bunch of characters that just weren't that nice, some oddities (people, situations), and a sense of time and of buildings and people getting run down. I was waiting for someone to slip and call the grandmother's house a plantation. Not so interesting - just couldn't care about the people, but you got t ...more
Sunshine
zülfi livanelide de eyni hisleri yaşamışdım,bele qeribe ne bilim
EGe
Ikinci kez okumusum meğer, son sayfaya attığım tarih ve imzayı gorene kadar anlamamıştım. Içimden bir ses bu kitabı okudun sen diyordu ama insan 4 senede tamamen unutur mu içeriği? Neyse efendim, özetleyelim:
Doğu Batı girdabı, karmasik aile olayları, Tanrı sorgusu ve ölüm sorgusu
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Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His Sons and The Black Book, in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi. As he writes in his autobiographical book Istanbul, from his childhood until the age of 22 he devoted himself largely to painting and dreamed of becoming an artist. After graduating fro ...more
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“Because, as I would always tell myself so many years later, lying here in my bed: You can't start out again in life, that's a carriage ride you only take once, but with a book in your hand, no matter how confusing and perplexing it might be, once you've finished it, you can always go back to the beginning; if you like, you can read it through again, in order to figure out what you couldn't understand before, in order to understand life, isn't that so, Fatma?” 8 likes
“sometimes I wonder what my interior actually is. A heart that goes pitter-patter and thoughts that glide by like little paper boats on flowing water,” 0 likes
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