Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “My Name is Red” as Want to Read:
My Name is Red
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

My Name is Red

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  21,716 ratings  ·  2,025 reviews
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 g
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Vintage (first published 1998)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about My Name is Red, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about My Name is Red

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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
Henry Avila
During nine snowy, cold, winter days, in the fabulous city of Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, at its height, in the reign of Sultan Murat 111, there occurred a brutal murder, (not the last one ), the year 1591. At the bottom of an abandoned well, the mangled body of Elegant Effendi, nicknamed Red, a miniaturist, who had worked for the Sultan is found, but not before the corpse tells his sad story. How the victim was lured by a person that was thought a close friend, with promises of ...more
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
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
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
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
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
Aug 02, 2007 Leslie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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

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
تحديث: إضافة القراءة بالعربي من عام 2007 و لا أدري لم وضعت قراءة بالانكليزية أصلا، ربما لأني كنت أظنه موقع بالانكليزية

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
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
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
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
اسمي محمد، وأنا نادم على عدم إتاحة الفرصة لباموك من قبل. كونت عنه فكرة أنه شديد اﻷسهاب، كلاسيكي حد الإملال، لم أجد ذلك صحيحا البتة، ففي هذه الرواية بدا لي النوبلي التركي قاصا مبدعا بناء على الحيثيات التالية:
1- أنه طرح موضوعا شديد الخصوصية ولست مهتما به، ومع ذلك تمكن من إثارة فضولي وحملني على إتمام الرواية.
2- أنه روى الأحداث على ألسنة شخصيات متعددة. وهذه الرواية الوحيدة التي وجدت هذا الكم الكبير من القاصين فيها: أكثر من 10.
3- أنه لم يقتصر على الشخصيات البشرية لسرد اﻷحداث بل جعل للحيوانات والجمادا

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
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
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
The novel is popular in so far as it treats themes so serious and artistic, unveiling the secrets of creation through postures of belief and conscious creative act.In fact to what extent creative act becomes a distinctive feature og its own, what is the quality of art, and Time. What is the image of artist, how does he view his work of art. What I like of the novel are Persian images of Husrev and Shirin, their images, the images of well-beloved imprenrted somewhere in the picture of Shirin, som ...more
Feb 08, 2008 laura rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
عنوان رمان «نام من سرخ» است ترجمه از «بنیم آدیم قیرمیزی»، شاید با عنوان دیگر هم چاپ شده باشد، نمیدانم. متن و روش روایت به قدری زیباست که اگر بخواهم تکه ای را انتخاب کنم، تا برای دل شما اینجا بکارم تا سبز شود، باید همه ی کتاب را از ابتدا تا انتها بنویسم، اورهان برنده ی جایزه نوبل ادبیات شده، در سال 2006، شاید برای این کتاب بوده، هوش از سرم پرید، دوباره، شروع به خواندن کرده ام. اورهان جایی مینویسد: «تصویر و متن، رنگ و کلمه، با هم برادرند.» اورهان پاموک میگوید: بعضی ها میگویند: «نام من سرخ» یک رمان ...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
Dec 26, 2011 Judy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
character 6 91 Oct 20, 2014 02:20PM  
How did they discover the murderer? *spoilers!* 1 23 Jun 20, 2014 11:44PM  
Why didn't Elegant Effendi just reveal the identity of his murderer, since he wanted him to be caught? 4 99 May 04, 2014 04:36PM  
La Stamberga dei ...: Il mio nome è rosso di Orhan Pamuk 1 5 Nov 23, 2013 07:36AM  
اسمي أحمر 3 83 Sep 16, 2013 10:36PM  
  • Memed, My Hawk (İnce Memed, #1)
  • Huzur
  • The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk / Palace of Desire / Sugar Street (The Cairo Trilogy #1-3)
  • Soul Mountain
  • Waiting for the Mahatma
  • Korkuyu Beklerken
  • Kuyucaklı Yusuf
  • Esir Şehrin İnsanları (Esir Şehir Üçlemesi, #1)
  • The Bridge on the Drina
  • Desert
  • Suskunlar
  • Samarkand
  • The Flea Palace
  • Life and Death are Wearing Me Out
  • Portrait of a Turkish Family
  • Sevgili Arsız Ölüm
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon
  • Birds Without Wings
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
More about Orhan Pamuk...
Snow The Museum of Innocence Istanbul: Memories and the City The Black Book The White Castle

Share This Book

“I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.” 482 likes
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” 269 likes
More quotes…