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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers.

The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a gr...more
Paperback, 417 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Darcy
Generally, when a book starts out with a chapter entitled "I Am A Corpse," you know it's going to be pretty good.

The novel is set up so that each chapter introduces a different narrator, including (but not limited to), Black, Black's uncle, Shekure, a dog, a horse, the murderer and various artists in the workshop. This type of structure for a mystery novel isn't new--Wilkie Collins, for example, employed it several times, most notably in The Moonstone--and it is an effective way to structure a...more
miaaa
May 22, 2010 miaaa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: Graeme
Shelves: fictions-others
On-a-high version:

I am called Black, I longed for my dearest Shekure for twelve years;
I, Shekure, not quite sure what was I doing in this story;
I am called Butterfly, I was the one who drew the Death and Mia thought I was the murderer;
I am called Stork, I was the one who drew the Tree and Butterfly always envy me as I was more talented without the help from our master;
I am called Olive, I was the one who rendered the Satan and drew the exquisite horse;
I am your beloved uncle, I was preparing a...more
Kelly
My fickle heart longs for the West when I'm in the East and for the East when I'm in the West.
My other parts insist I be a woman when I'm a man and a man when I'm a woman.
How difficult it is being human, even worse is living a human's life.
I only want to amuse myself frontside and backside, to be Eastern and Western both.


This is Pamuk's enduring, never ending obsession. He's written fiction and non-fiction, journal articles and newspaper bites, and given endless interviews on this theme. He's ev...more
Nandakishore Varma
I am in two minds about this book.

Obviously, it is an important work. It showcases the miniaturist tradition of the Islamic world, and uses the cloistered world of miniaturists to explore the difference in philosophies between the East and the West. It was all the more interesting to me because I have been fascinated by this difference ever since I began viewing paintings with serious interest. In the East, "perspective" does not exist: the painting flows seamlessy over space and time whereas in...more
Lissa
I tried very hard to really like this book. But, I suppose it's impossible to succeed in everything.

My Name Is Red is both historical fiction and a murder mystery. It takes place in 1591 (according to the timeline at the end of the book). The over-arching motion of the plot centers around the death of a master miniturist in the Sultan's court. The death is revealed in the first chapter, though the reasons surrounding the his death are much slower in being revealed. What is known, almost at the o...more
Shoshi ♥~

" قلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الأَعْمَى وَالْبَصِيرُ أَمْ هَلْ تَسْتَوِي الظُّلُمَاتُ وَالنُّورُ أَمْ جَعَلُواْ لِلّهِ شُرَكَاء خَلَقُواْ كَخَلْقِهِ فَتَشَابَهَ الْخَلْقُ عَلَيْهِمْ قُلِ اللّهُ خَالِقُ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُوَ الْوَاحِدُ الْقَهَّارُ " سورة الرعد 16

" وَلِلّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ
فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّواْ فَثَمَّ وَجْهُ الله " سورة البقرة 115

ويقول أورهان على لسان بهزاد في فلسفته للرسم ..

الف : الرسم هو بعث الحياة فيما يراه العقل من أجل متعة العين
لام : بقدر ما ترى العين العالم بقدر ما تخدم
...more
mai ahmd
كانت هذه الرواية هي المدخل إلى عالم باموق ... لم تكن الجريمة هي ما جذبني إلى هذه الرواية إنما أسلوب الكاتب والأحاديث الداخلية .. حتى الكلاب تحكي في هذه الرواية .. هذا إلى جانب أنه من المدهش أن تقرأ رواية فتجد نفسك في معرضٍ للوحات تراه بأم العين تتخيل كل التفاصيل الذي استطاع هذا الكاتب الفذ أن يوصلها إليك بحرفية عالية ودقة تضاهي دقة رسامين ذلك العصر

باموق من الكتاب المفضلين لدي وسأظل دائما متحيزة لهذا الكاتب

Ayu Palar
Jul 29, 2009 Ayu Palar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone :D
Shelves: favorites-ever
‘To God belongs the East and the West’ – Al-Qur’an, Al Baqarah ayat 115.

I had abandoned My Name is Red for how long I can’t remember. The brilliance of it was untouched, what a shame. But after reading Other Colours (an amazing essay collection also by Orhan Pamuk), I thought I should give Mr. Pamuk another shot, and boy, how much I enjoyed the novel! And I understand why Pamuk deserves the Nobel prize. He’s the kind of writer that can bring out the cultural richness but at the same time using...more
Leslie
Aug 02, 2007 Leslie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with patience
Saying I liked it or didn't like it doesn't really capture the complexity of my experience with this book. Part murder mystery, part love story, and part historical novel about the book-art in the ottoman empire....I thought it was right up my alley. Maybe I expected to have more of an emotional connection but it was all very intellectual and somehow that frustrated me...churned up my stomach which was quite contented on the diet of all-fluff, all-the-time. Reading this was like eating roasted b...more
Whitaker


Some stories sink their teeth into your gut and don't let go. Others offer more cerebral pleasures (works by Borges comes to mind). This is more the second than the first, and I'm okay with that.

First and foremost, there are quite a few chapters in this book that read more like a chapter in a book on the history of Islamic illuminations than a chapter in a novel. In this respect, however, Pamuk can legitimately point to past antecedents in this vein: Tolstoy for one in War and Peace, Melville f...more
علی
It’s not a historical, though there is sort of history in it (Istanbul, Ottoman Empire, 1591). The mystery death of two master miniaturists doesn’t make it a murder mystery novel either. It’s not a philosophical novel though there are lots of discussions about illusrtation in European style concerning perspective, and traditional Eastern illustrating, which sees the world in the way Allah would see it.
What amazed me is, how Pamuk has taken a now forbiden discussion, to 5 centuries back, to stab...more
Salma
تحديث: إضافة القراءة بالعربي من عام 2007 و لا أدري لم وضعت قراءة بالانكليزية أصلا، ربما لأني كنت أظنه موقع بالانكليزية
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لا أدري ما أقوله عن هذه الرواية التي حاز صاحبها جائزة نوبل لهذا العام و التي بلغت شهرته الآفاق بسببها و التي ترجمت لـ 24 لغة...0
هي قصة جريمة حدثت في الزمن العثماني و بين أوساط النقاشين (أي المصورين الذين كانوا يزينون الكتب برسوماتهم). و من خلال القصة ينقلنا باموق بإسهاب و معرفة و عناية إلى أجواء النقش الإسلامي و تاريخه و مواضيعه و الألوان و الرسومات و التصاوير و الح...more
Steve
I loved this book. It's passionate, provocative and intelligent, surprisingly bringing the field of 16th-century miniaturist painting to bear on aesthetic and ethical issues that seem urgent (at least for artists) today. The main concern is with the notion of 'style' in art: is it desirable to have a personal style as an artist or are traces of style simply evidence of faults? In the process of investigating this question we discover the more fundamental question: what constitutes 'style'? Chara...more
Ana
It's not often you find books that start with the speech of an already dead character. It's actually pretty damn rare to find dead bodies speaking at all, wouldn't you agree? Well, Pamuk apparently didn't get the memo. Because that is exactly how his wonderful work, "My Name is Red", starts.

The body of "Elegant" Effendi is rotting in a well, somewhere in Istanbul. During life, he was a miniaturist, an artistry that is usually found in Ottoman books, and his talent was known as one of the best o...more
Sarah
Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for literature this year. Described as “part murder mystery, part love story,” I found this to be an absorbing novel, but what most interested me, and the reason that I recommend this book to you, were the passages which attempt to describe the late sixteenth-century Istanbul miniaturists’ attitudes towards art. My Name is Red, though it seems to be only loosely based upon historical fact, deals with the repercussions of the meeting of two visual worlds: Venetian...more
Jeremy Allan
At first look, Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red bears many resemblances to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose: both take place in a period when manuscript illumination was a prestigious art, both deal in worlds where the licitness of books commanded great spiritual (and thus physical) importance, and both tell the story of a series of murders born out of the struggle for control of these things. Deeper consideration, though, shows that these two novels differ by more than the fact that the former in...more
Amalia
I've spent quite a bit of time debating how to rate this book- more than once it nearly landed on my "May I please have these hours of my life back" shelf, mostly because it moves so, so slowly and because (for me) the detail that Pamuk puts into it turns into nothing more than tedium.
However, parts of the story are so beautiful and well-written (see the chapters written from the perspective of the color red or the horse in the painting) that I don't feel that my time was entirely wasted.
Why thi...more
طَيْف

تحذير لا بد منه: انتبه عند قراءتك هذه الرواية لئلا يخزّك مخرز أورهان
فتعمى بصيرتك.


"فاحذروا كل الحذر من الوثوق في "أورهان" لأنه ليس ثمة كذبة لا يقدم عليها لتكون حكايته جميلة وصادقة "


ضحكت وأنا أبدأ مراجعتي من آخر فقرة في الرواية...ربما لأن هذا فعلا ما أحسست به وأنا أنهيها...

حيرتني هذه الرواية في رد فعلي تجاهها...وحيرتني عند تقييمها

إنها كالروح الخفية التي تنسل لروحك...تتلبسك...تنقاد لها دون أن تشعر...تسلمها كل إحساسك...تحبها وتكرهها بنفس القوة في نفس الوقت

من أين جاء أورهان بتلك الفكرة الرهيبة...وك
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laura
Feb 08, 2008 laura rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to laura by: book club
this book sort of felt like a text from an art history elective i never went to but had to study for the final...with all its intricate descriptions of artworks that were interesting, but too unfamiliar to respectably imagine, i skimmed paragraphs and pages waiting to get the chunky parts of the story. i really wish it had pictures to be honest.

as one member of my book club said "i feel like i need to read this book again, but i wish i never read it in the first place". the whole time i was thin...more
Patrizia O
La motivazione per la quale Orhan Pamuk ha vinto nel 2006 il premio nobel per la letteratura dice "che nel ricercare l'anima malinconica della sua città natale, ha scoperto nuovi simboli per rappresentare scontri e legami fra diverse culture"
Il mio nome è rosso narra proprio di uno scontro tra due diverse culture, due diverse visioni del mondo in cui la differenza è il posto che l’uomo occupa nel creato. Ma non solo questo, Il mio nome è rosso è anche la storia di un assassinio e della ricerca d...more
Mita
Un libro che parla di libri.
Un libro bellissimo, poetico e crepuscolare, triste. Un libro da leggere con calma, da centellinare come un bicchiere di vino da meditazione.
Il ritmo lento della prosa rende perfettamente l’atmosfera quasi rarefatta di un’Istambul cinquecentesca ricoperta di neve, di un mondo storicamente e culturalmente lontanissimo da noi, ma forse proprio per questo estremamente affascinante.
Gli omicidi e la ricerca del colpevole, come pure l'amore, triste, di Nero per Şeküre, p...more
Farhan Khalid
CORPSE: My Death conceals an appalling conspiracy against our religion, our traditions and the way we see the world

BLACK: The earthy smell of mud mingled with memories

TREE: I don’t want to be a tree, I want to be its meaning

BLACK: It is important that a painting, through its beauty, summon us towards life's abundance, towards compassion, towards respect for the colors of the realm which God created, and toward reflection and faith

BLACK: Painting is the silence of the thought and the music of sig...more
Arwa
Jul 28, 2011 Arwa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amal fahad
حسناً إذاً , أنهيت الكِتاب وأخيراً , قرأته في وقت حرج جداً , كنت أتمنى إن أنهيه خلال يومين على الأقل , لكن الأيام امتدت لـ عشرة أيام تقريباً !

- أجواء الرواية صعبة ! تتحدّث عن شيء مجهول بالنسبة لي , ما النقش ؟ وكيف هو ؟ أريد أن أرى وقة واحد مذهّبة منفوشة , لا أريد صورة خسرو وشيرين , أريد شجرة , عصا على قارعة الطريق , تكفيني ..

- أكثر ما أعجبني " المدّاح " , وكيف يستطيع تقمّص الأدوار , تمنّيت لو أجد مثله الآن , يذهلني بكلامه , وكيف يستطيع تقمّص دور النقود , الكلب , الشجرة , المرأة , حتّى دور الشيط...more
Bruce
This novel by Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize in Literature-winning Turkish author, is creatively written and raises intriguing questions about the process of artistic production.

Using the chronology at the end of the book, I conclude that the book’s events are taking place at the end of the 16th century. The multiple perspectives - each short chapter reflects a different one - seem to be different characters. The setting is Istanbul. A murder has occurred. Who is the murderer? “Olive” or “Stork” or “B...more
Judy
Dec 26, 2011 Judy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
My Name is Red captures the essence of an era of Turkish book illustration during the 16th century. It is a crafty murder mystery centering around the murder of Elegant Effendi, a gold giltworker employed by the workshop of Master Osman and involved in moonlighting for his father-in-law on a Shah-commissioned book.

What I liked:

*Pamuk conceals the murder exceptionally well. Although, I had suspicions I never quite knew for sure who the murderer was until revealed. He strings the reader along exp...more
Melody
Oct 28, 2009 Melody rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melody by: Sara Jones
My rating is more like 2 1/2 stars - because I do want to encourage you to read it. It is a curious mix of murder mystery, religion, violence, sex and art. I felt like I was reading the King James Version of some religious document that covered all these subjects. Very odd to have someone proclaim his praises to God or Allah in this case, and then recall how lovely it was to bugger the pretty boys.

The book is told through the eyes of several narrators - the miniaturists, their master, some of t...more
د.أحمد فايز
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Guido
Un romanzo bellissimo, ma leggetelo solo se avete un bel po' di tempo a disposizione. Pamuk non fa sconti al lettore, l'omicidio è un pretesto, uno stratagemma per imprigionarvi in una Istanbul cinquecentesca, pericolosa e movimentata da tensioni politiche e religiose, tanto fredda e serena al mattino quanto misteriosa e inquietante alla luce del crepuscolo.

Più volte durante la lettura si incontrano liste apparentemente interminabili di battaglie, libri, disegni; discussioni inconcludenti sull'a...more
Miguel
Nov 23, 2007 Miguel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction fiends
Exactly... if I can somewhat parrot what Eric said, I was surprised and disappointed by the reviews of this book on this site. I really have not read a historical fiction that was written in such a stylistically pleasing and creative way; from all kinds of perspectives (My name is death, I am a gold coin, etc etc). It also really reminded me of the Name of the Rose in that the quality of the epic struggle is so finely encapsulated in this book. Struggles over the quest for knowledge, what it mea...more
Lena
My Name is Red is set in sixteenth-century Istanbul. There, a group of master miniaturists have been secretly commissioned to create a book using painting techniques from Western art. The book is nearing completion when one of the miniaturists suddenly turns up dead.

The story of the murder investigation unfolds slowly alongside that of a romance between another miniaturist who is trying to solve it and the daughter of the man responsible for commissioning the book. Each chapter is told in a dif...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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