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Never before published in English, Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk's second novel is the moving story of a family gathering the summer before the Turkish military coup of 1980.

In a crumbling mansion in Cennethisar (formerly a fishing village, now a posh resort near Istanbul) the old widow Fatma awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren: Faruk, a dissipated failed hist
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ebook, 352 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Vintage (first published 1983)
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Paul Gleason
Jun 10, 2012 Paul Gleason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Gearóid
Dec 31, 2013 Gearóid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Inna
Aug 16, 2013 Inna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
jo
Jul 28, 2016 jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed this book tremendously. a few hours from instanbul, in what used to be country-side but is now a posh sea town, an elderly widow lives in a decrepit old house. the book is set in 1980 (though this date is never mentioned in the book; the book was published in 1983) and takes place during the days in which fatma’s grandchildren pay her their annual visit. the eldest is a university professor in history, the second oldest a university student and the youngest a high schooler. the narrati ...more
Sine
Apr 22, 2014 Sine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nicko D
May 29, 2016 Nicko D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Писан в периода между 1980 и 1983 година, вторият роман на Орхан Памук – „Безмълвният дом”, е актуален повече от всякога за случващото се в днешна Турция. На фона на изнурено семейство Нобеловият лауреат за литература разглежда под микроскоп основните проблеми, които според него спъват турците към мечтания от тях прогрес.

„Безмълвният дом” е всичко друго, но не и безмълвен, защото страница след страница писателят сякаш говори от името на огромна част от обществото в Турция, която мечтае страната
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mai ahmd
Feb 22, 2012 mai ahmd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
...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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Yanper
Oct 05, 2015 Yanper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα μυθιστόρημα που μέσα από τις αναμνήσεις ενενήντα χρόνων της κεντρικής ηρωϊδας παρουσιάζεται η αέναη προσπάθεια της γεφύρωσης του χάσματος Ανατολής – Δύσης. Την ίδια στιγμή τα υπόλοιπα πρόσωπα του περιβάλλοντός της, μέσα από τις αφηγήσεις των περιγράφουν την κατάσταση που επικρατεί στην Τουρκία στην περίοδο 1975-1980, ακραίες πολιτικές αντιπαραθέσεις, φτώχεια, όνειρα και ένα κόσμος που προσπαθεί να βρει τον δρόμο του.
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
زهرة منصور
"لا يمكنكِ أن تبدئي حياة جديدة، ولكن، إذا كان بيدكِ كتاب، مهما كان هذا الكتاب معقدًا وشائكًا، يمكن أن تعودي إلى بداية الكتاب المنتهي، وتقرئينه من جديد، لفهم الغامض والحياة، أليس كذلك يا فاطمة؟
" بلاغة النهاية!
رواية الشخصيات! اصوات مختلفة بتوجهاتها وبنزعاتها النفسية..رواية تعبر عن مرض الصمت..ما يدور بنفوسهم من غرور كان أو طمع أو طيبة أو احلام وآمال أو نهايات بائسة
أكثر ما استفزني تلك العجوز وتأثرت فعلا ببكاء "متين"عند سريرها عندما قال لماذا مات أبي وامي وتعيشين انت؟ هذا عذابها!
Andreea Andrei
"Pentru ca, asa cum aveam sa cuget cu mult mai tarziu, in timp ce stau aici, in pat, odata sfarsita, viata- calatoria aceea cu trasura pe care n-o faci decat o singura data- nu mai poate fi luata de la capat, insa daca ai o carte in mana, oricat de complicata si de incalcita ar fi ea, poti sa te intorci daca vrei, cand o ispravesti, la primele pagini, pentru a incerca sa deslusesti ceea ce ti s-a parut de nepatruns si pentru a pricepe insasi viata, nu-i asa, Fatma?"
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
Lisabet Sarai
May 05, 2016 Lisabet Sarai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent several weeks reading Orhan Pamuk’s Silent House. Pamuk’s books are dense and difficult, but well worth the effort, if one measures this by those “aha” moments occasionally triggered by great literature.

Silent House is Pamuk’s second novel, first published in 1983. On the surface, it’s the story of a single family. In her second floor room, in the old house in a seaside village where she has spent her adult life, a frail ninety year old widow awaits the annual visit of her three grandch
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Bruce
Apr 04, 2016 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was Orhan Pamuk’s second, written and originally published in 1983, but it was much more recently finally translated into English. The story involves an extended family living a short distance from Istanbul where the now deceased grandfather was “exiled” for political reasons. The time of the narrative is in the late 1970’s, shortly before a period of political rebellion, and tension is in the air. The events described occur during one week when the aged grandmother’s grandchildren, t ...more
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
Aug 24, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jan 23, 2014 Tanuj Solanki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, turkey
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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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
the stranger
Sessiz Ev, okuduğum en hoş kitaplardan birisiydi. Kitap için yapılabilecek en doğru tanım bu bence: hoş.

Yine farklı bir kitap, yine karşımızda farklı bir Orhan Pamuk. Pamuk hakkında en çok sevdiğim şeylerden birisi de, hemen her kitabında farklı şeyler denemesi. Temelde konu hep aynı, ama işlenişi, biçimi ve tabii ki alt katmanları bambaşka. Hepsinin de altından kalkmayı başarıyor. Şu ana kadar dört romanını okudum, hepsini çok beğendim.

Sessiz Ev'in, okuduklarım arasında, okunması en kolay Pamuk
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رانيا محيو الخليلي
"منزل السكون" أو "منزل الصمت" كما النسخة العربية المترجمة، هي أول رواية أقرأها لأورهان باموق، الروائي التركي الحائزعلى جائزة نوبل للآداب عام 2006. كل ما يسعني قوله تلخيصّا هو أنّ باموق كاتب روائي خمس نجوم يتمتع بنفس دوستويفسكي عالي الجودة. قرأت هذه الرواية بالفرنسية والترجمة المنقولة عن التركية كانت متقنة لدرجة أنني لم أشعر قط أنها مترجمة. تجري أحداث هذه الرواية في أواخر السبعينات بداية الثمانينات وهي مرحلة سياسية إنتقالية في التاريخ التركي وكذلك في الشرق الأوسط. نقرأ هذه الرواية على لسان أكثر م ...more
Savvina
May 26, 2015 Savvina rated it really liked it  ·  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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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
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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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
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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Nil Okan
Cevdet Bey ve Ogullari'na kucuk gondermeler; Nigan olsun Sukru Pasa olsun, mevcut bunlar Sessiz Ev'de.
Ha bir de hic sevemedim Fatma'yi.
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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Diana M
Sep 20, 2016 Diana M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sincera sa fiu, ma gandeam sa o abandonez cand parcursesem mai mult de 70% din ea. Rare carti care pot sa ma atinga intr-atat incat sa le arunc ,de fapt am avut decat un singur caz -Idiotul lui Dostoevski, personajele caruia ma scoteau din minti; asta ar fi a doua . Detestabilul personaj in cazul dat e Fatma.
"Casa tacerii"- e despre disperare, parerea mea, disperarea de a face ceva, a demonstra ceva cuiva, despre ura, despre vina, despre cum e sa nu fii inteles.
Desi e o carte sobra, initial m-a
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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
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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?” 14 likes
“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.” 4 likes
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