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My Name is Red

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Orhan Pamuk is one of Turkey's premier novelists and My Name Is Red, when published in the original Turkish in 1998, became the fastest-selling book in Turkish history. It is high time then that a translation to English was made, and this publication will be widely welcomed by Pamuk's growing legion of English-speaking admirers.

In the late 16th century, during the final

Paperback, 508 pages
Published July 8th 2001 by Faber & Faber (first published 1998)
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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
Jason Koivu
My Name is Red is as gorgeous as these illuminations.


The narrative flows with the weight of such a lush artistic style.


It is a dazzling brilliance that creates a languid beauty...


...that bogs the story down so much I couldn't tell you what the fuck happened.
May 22, 2010 miaaa rated it it was ok
Recommended to miaaa by: Graeme
Shelves: fictions-others
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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
Sep 10, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly by: various GR friends
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
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
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
Mohamed Al Marzooqi
تذكرت، وأنا أقرأ الفقرة الأخيرة من الرواية التي تقول فيها شكورة " احذروا من تصديق أورهان، لأنّه ليس ثمّة كذبة لا يقدم عليها لتكون حكايته جميلة ونصدّقها" ، عبارة لغادة السّمان تقول فيها بأنها موجودة في كل قصصها التي تكتبها. ودفعني ذلك للتساؤل عن السبب الكامن خلف اختيار باموك أسماء مثل "أورهان" و"شوكت" و"شكورة" لشخصيات روايته وهي في الحقيقة ليست سوى اسمه، اسم شقيقه الأكبر، واسم والدته. وهل يحمل هذا الكتاب جزءًا من روح باموك وعائلته؟
يجيب باموك على هذا السؤال في كتابه ألوان أخرى" بأنه سرّب بعضًا من
Nandakishore Varma
Jan 02, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
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
Jim Fonseca
Jun 01, 2016 Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is as much about art as it is a historical novel.

First the novel. A tale of miniaturist painters in Istanbul during the late 1500’s. One of them is a murderer who kills one of his co-miniaturists and later his former master. The deceased master’s daughter is in a religious and political limbo: her soldier husband has been missing for four years, but with no body and no witnesses to his death, she can’t get a divorce and move on with her life. She wants to find a new husband and a fath
Shoshi ♥~
Mar 03, 2013 Shoshi ♥~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

" 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
Jun 23, 2016 Lissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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

May 21, 2015 Jibran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, nobel, top-favs
Arguably the best novel of Orhan Pamuk. Set in Istanbul during the height of Ottoman power, this novel is a tribute to the art of painting as well as a fascinating murder mystery which will keep you hooked till the end. The unusual narrative is felt with full force right from the start - as you read the first chapter, starting with the voice of a corpse at the bottom of the well wondering who was the wretched man that killed him.

Then ensues a beautiful exploration of the 16th century Istanbul's

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
Aug 02, 2007 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  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
Ayu Palar
Jul 29, 2009 Ayu Palar rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 12, 2016 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2012 Salma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

إن لم تكن هذه الرواية هي البراعة بحد ذاتها، فأين ستكون البراعة إذًا؟
Aug 22, 2009 Steve rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 20, 2016 علی rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-ones, novels
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
Farhan Khalid

My Death conceals an appalling conspiracy against our religion, our traditions and the way we see the world


The earthy smell of mud mingled with memories


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


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


Painting is the silence of the thought and the music of sight

Rania Chokor
Oct 18, 2015 Rania Chokor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"اسمي أحمر" الرواية الأكثر شهرة للكاتب أورهان باموق وهي التي أوصلته إلى مكانة رفيعة في الأدب العالمي توّجت بحصوله على جائزة نوبل عام 2006. وقد ترجمت هذه الرواية إلى العديد من اللغات.
تدور أحداث الرواية في اسطنبول عاصمة السلطنة العثمانية خلال القرن السادس عشر. يستعرض فيها أورهان الصراع بين الأصالة والمعاصرة والصراع بين المدارس الفنية في الشرق والغرب في ظل منعطف تاريخي هام على صعيد الفن التشكيلي الإسلامي. من خلال عرضه لعالم فن المنمنمات الإسلامية ومدارسه وتطورها عبر الأجيال من هرات إلى تبريز إلى اس
Aug 31, 2013 Masumeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب به اندازه ی کافی مشهور است و نیاز به معرفی اضافه ندارد غیر از 2 نکته به نظر من :1. نحوه روایت از زبان راویان مختلف مثلن جایی از زبان یک سکه پول،که جذابیت فوق العاده ای داشت و 2. یک جایی یک جمله می گوید که شخصا فکر می کنم بزرگترین و اصلی ترین تفاوت شرق و غرب است.مضمون جمله این است که چرا غربی ها از کشیدن پرتره لذت می برند و نقاشان شرق از کشیدن چهره هایی متعلق به فرشته ها و عالم بالا ؟ در ادامه می نویسد به این دلیل که غربی ها دنیا را آنگونه می بینند که هست و شرقی ها آنگونه که می خواهند باشد!
Feb 26, 2016 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fără îndoială, este cea mai citită carte a lui Orhan Pamuk, însă voi fi foarte sinceră când voi spune că nu am găsit-o prea inovativă în ce privește construcția narativă. Cu toate acestea, nu am cum să nu recunosc genialitatea de uriaş povestitor a lui Pamuk.
La fel ca la Elif Shafak în Cele patruzeci de legi ale iubirii sau la Naguib Mahfouz în 1001 de nopţi şi zile şi aici avem de a face cu o istorisire multifaţetată în manieră arabă, "în ramă", a cărei valoare este dată nu atât de naraţiunea
Nov 09, 2015 Ghada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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احمر هو لون القلم الذي تركته دون اكمال السنة الدراسية مع طلابي ولازلت كذلك مع بداية العام الدراسي؛ لانها الحرب
احمر هو لون الدم الذي لم يفارقنا طيلة هذه الحرب
احمر هو اللون الاكثر استخداما في مهنه النقاش ولون الدم ايضا في الرواية لجريمة القتل، القتل الذي حرمه الله الا بالحق، وللأسف كل طرف شرع القتل بالحق الذي يراه، هو ذاته ما راه القاتل حقاً في قتل النقاشين رُفقاه باسم الله وتجريم كل جميل؛ اجل هو ما حدث منذ زمن ولا زال يحدث حتى اللحظة.....
اسمه اورهان واخوه شوكت امهما شكورة، قرة من احبها دوما؛ ا
May 25, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ipek Soran
Feb 15, 2016 Ipek Soran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"dantel gibi işlenmiş" yakıştırmasını "benim adım kırmızı"dan fazla hak eden bir roman okumadım bugüne dek. iki üç yılda bir tekrar okuyacağım.
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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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