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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...more
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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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...more
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
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 is...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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
Stephen
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
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...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...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
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
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...more
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.
Rachel Aloise
For my first reading of Orhan Pamuk I chose this early novel, as it offers an accessible introduction to many of the themes running through his later much acclaimed works (which are now high on my reading list). I was not disappointed! The novel could appear a bit schematic since each character embodies a different ideology (between the leftist, liberal intelligentsia or fundamentalist views). Yet the nuanced way in which each character is given voice, for the most part through silent inner-mono...more
Mona

يلفتك في بداية الرواية الصمت الذي يحيط بالمكان , الصمت المريب الكئيب الذي يوحي بالموت و الذي تمكن الكاتب من إيصاله للقارئ ببراعة .

البيت رمز لتركيا و كل شخصية رمز لتيار فكري فيها و الكاتب يسبر أغوار شخصياته في فصل مستقل لكل شخصية رئيسية , لا تكف الشخصيات عن الثرثرة الداخلية و وصف العالم كما تراه مع استعادة أحداث الماضي و التحدث عن أحلام المستقبل . ضجيج داخلي و صمت خارجي ربما لترسيخ فكرة أن كل شخصية تمتلك شخصيتان إحداهما كما تحب أن تكون و الأخرى كما هي في الحقيقة . و الخيط الوحيد الذي يربط كل الش
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Lisa
Silent House is the first of the books nominated for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize that I’ve read, but I would have read it anyway. I have yet to read My Name is Red which won the IMPAC Prize in 2003 so it was Snow that was my introduction to Pamuk and I was fascinated by the way his characters were trapped in a dichotomy between Islamism and modernism and could not opt out of making a choice. The Museum of Innocence is an intriguing story of obsession which uses the trappings of a failed re...more
Ubaid Dhiyan
Silent House was only Orhan Pamuk's second novel but it shows the assuredness of voice and narration that is characteristic of the future Nobel Prize winner. The novel is set outside of Istanbul, in the beach town of Cennethisar a crumbling mansion houses an old widow, Fatma, and her servant, the dwarf Recep. As she eagerly anticipates the arrival of her three grandchildren Fatma reminisces of her husband, a doctor and aspiring social reformer who died a hopeless alcoholic crushed by the scope o...more
Monica Bittencourt
O resumo do livro é muito melhor do que ele realmente é. Livro chato, desinteressante. Por ter sido escrito por um premiado do Nobel, fui até o fim achando que, ao menos, teria um fim surpreendente, mas nem isso.
Fui me arrastando nas páginas.... os personagens vão pensando e contando o que vai acontecendo mas, de novo, nada muito interessante. O personagem Faruk fica várias páginas discorrendo sobre História, fatos, como pode juntar tudo para escrever um livro, uma chatice só.
Definitivamente n...more
Doruk Karpat
Eskiden bir oturuşta bitirirdim kitapları. Eskinin tadını, Sessiz Ev'in sürükleyiciliğinde tekrar buldum. Hele bir 29'uncu bölümü var ki kitabın; insanı samimiyetiyle sarsıyor. Zamanında Beyaz Kale'sini hasbelkader okuyup pek bir şey bulamamıştım. Bu romanla sevdim ben Orhan Pamuk'u.
Amy
Flawed character upon flawed character.

Told from the point of view of five characters--two brothers, their elderly grandmother, her dwarf manservant, and his teenage nephew--this was a book that benefits from the multiple narrators.

There were two things that fascinated me about this book. 1) The way Pamuk was able to perfectly capture what I imagine to be the mind wanderings of a insomnia nonagenerian and 2) the capturing the self-involved stream of consciousness that often afflicts the late t...more
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
Sherri
Sigh. I'm never reading an Orhan Pamuk book again. This is the 2nd one I've read and I didn't have any luck understanding how the writer wrote with either novel.

This story was about 4 grand kids that go to visit their grandmother for a summer vacation. All of the grand kids are in the early 20s and are obsessed with themselves. Not one of them bothers to visit with their grandmother until it is time to leave and then they poo-poo what she has to say, kiss her hand and leave.

Of course lots of th...more
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Ferit Orhan Pamuk is a Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist. Pamuk is often regarded as a post-modern writer. As one of Turkey's most prominent novelists, his work has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the recipient of numerous national and international literary awards. He was the first Turkish person awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on October 12, 2006, commended for bei...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?” 1 likes
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