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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  4,127 ratings  ·  291 reviews
The protagonist of Orhan Pamuk's fiendishly engaging novel is launched into a world of hypnotic texts and (literally) Byzantine conspiracies that whirl across the steppes and forlorn frontier towns of Turkey. And with The New Life, Pamuk himself vaults from the forefront of his country's writers into the arena of world literature. Through the single act of reading a book, ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Vintage (first published 1994)
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Ian Klappenskoff
Blood on the Tracks

Every one of us is a potential criminal, a potential killer, a potential murderer.

The question is: what circumstances would justify the crime, what situation would warrant us murdering someone?

If someone attacked one of our children, would we attack the assailant? If we went to war, would we kill for our country?

If the past was at war with the future, would we kill for the sake of the past, or would we kill for the sake of the future?

Well, the past is always at war with the
الحياة الجديدة لأورهان باموق

من الأعمال القليلة اللى كان نفسى أُعبر عنها بالمصطلحات الشبابية الحديثة المنتشرة هذه الأيام , ولكنى وجدت جبن فى ذلك , أن أُلوث هذا العمل العظيم بألفاظ لا تليق بعظمته.

أى شئ كان يفكر فيه الكاتب عند كتابته هذا العمل ؟, وأى ظروف عاشها لكى يُخرج لنا هذا الإبداع منقطع النظير ,
عمل مرهق جدا , استغرق منى فى قراءته ثلاثة أيام (وهذا قد يكون الوقت الأطول لى فى قراءة عمل أدبى ,

هو ينتمى إلى تلك الأعمال التى تحتاج منك تركيز كل خلية فى دماغك لكى يصل إليك كامل . لكى تدرك معناه العظيم
Ben Loory
i don't really know what to say about this one. i think i will be thinking about it for a while. i will say this: i found it both compulsively readable and boring as hell, both at the same time, all the time, beginning to end. despite all the great writers pamuk is compared to on the cover blurbs and inside (kafka, marquez, borges, proust, etc.), the writer he most reminds me of here is thomas pynchon. both come off as almost retardedly intelligent & way too clever, both are more interested ...more
Read slowly.. Let the tentacular, pellucid sentences take you to the world of mystical adventure, which is clumsy yet so entrancing. Reading the second time slowly made me realize all the symmetry, puns, even autobiographical bits and pieces of the the author himself. It evokes feelings you get when you are travelling by bus to distant places, excitement and toxic exhilaration of reading good books, and awe and scepticism of the mystery of life and love.

I would certainly read this boo
Mohit Parikh
I am done with 60% of the book and couldn't hold myself from writing something, anything, about the book, with my half-open sleepy eyes.

When I began this book, I wanted to love Pamuk. Through his interviews and talks, the reviews of his books, and my experience with Snow, I have made some strong opinions about him, which I wanted to change in the course of reading this novel. The opinions remain unscathed, so far, but I almost liked him.

Some observations so far:
1. Osman and Janan are too simil
'I read a book one day and my whole life was changed. Even on the first page I was so affected by the book's intensity I felt my body sever itself and pull away from the chair where I sat reading the book that lay before me on the table.' Light surging from its pages illumines his face: 'Its incandescence dazzled my intellect but also endowed it with brilliant lucidity.' The book seems to be about him, so that 'my point of view was transformed by the book, and the book was transformed by my poin ...more

I got really into this one.

It was one of those pick-it-up-in-the-bookstore kinda things and it's funny since that's more or less what happens to the narrator.

One day he picks up a book (contents not whitholding to the reader, of course) and Kafka-like, he is never the same again.

Everything in the world around him is like a pale reflection or a crashing bore compared to what the book discloses for him. He is then, naturally, called upon to make sense of where he suddenly finds himself to search
I moved this review to my blog
I am writing this short review in an airport, having just completed a three-week trip around Turkey, so bear with me as I get back into the routine of thinking about literature critically. Spookily, the parallels of The New Life and my trip remain powerfully disconcerting: the novel focuses on a mysterious book Osman reads one night and as a result, becomes obsessed with. The book is never described explicitly but its power to change the lives of all the people who read it works as the catalyst ...more

أيها الكتاب الذي أدخلني الى عالم الحيوات الأخرى ، لم أكن أتصور أن الضوء المنبعث من العينين إنه نفس الضوء الذي أضاء دروب الأنبياء ،يوم فتح بطل رواية حياة جديدة لباموق اورهان دفتي كتاب اكتشف عالم أخر ،هي ليست استعارة أو كناية بل هو دخول إلى عالم لا يتاح لغير القراء دخوله ،فالحياة الجديدة ليست إضافة لحياة قديمة بالية بقدر ما هي خلق لتجارب كثير من الذين مروا بصمت أو بكتابة ألامهم التي انفرجت عن معاني كثيرة نفهم من خلالها الحياة .
حياة جديدة هي تجربة لذيذة يملئها طعم المغامرة ،واضعة حدا فاصلا ما بين م
I burned through this in two days, but partly, I have to admit because I feared if I got distracted, I'd never finish it - highly engaging at times, it didn't, for me, always sustain that level of "gotta get back to it" with which Murakami's "Kafka On The Shore" is currently calling me away from this hurried review.
Pamuk is very highly regarded, won a Nobel Prize etc, so he is certainly worth a bit of your time.
"The New Life" is a story of a young man whose life is radically changed by a book w
Apr 05, 2009 Paula rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paula by: Lisa Nakamura
I first read The New Life cerca 1997 or 1998 and fell in love with it then. I "won" the novel in an English Dept. Xmas party book exchange. The new prof of postcolonial lit (among other areas of expertise), Lisa Nakamura, at Sonoma State University was my "anonymous" gift-giver. I was prompted to reread the novel recently after a friend who read it with her book group admitted she found the writing (style)clunky and unsatisfying. (I had suggested the novel to them). One can admire Pamuk's novel ...more
Κανένας δεν γράφει σαν τον Παμούκ. Κάθε βιβλίο του είναι σαν ένα ταξίδι που δεν θες να τελειώσει. Σε αυτό εδώ συνυπάρχουν ο ρομαντισμός του Μουσείου της Αθώοτητας, η απαισιοδοξία του Χιονιού και η πολυπλοκότητα του Μαύρου Βιβλίου. Το πιο δίκαιο Νόμπελ της τελευταίας δεκαετίας.
Well, One thing I know I wanted to kill myself from boredom while I was reading this book.
جابر طاحون
هناك كتبًا ينتقل قراءها من الحانة إلي الجامع و كتبًا أخري تحول قراؤها من مواطنين إلي ثوار أو لصوص .

يبدأ " أورهان باموق " روايته بداية مدهشة : " قرأت كتابًا في يوم ما فتغيرت حياتي كلها".
ليأخذك باموق _ باسلوب ذي بساطة خاصة _ في عالم من السحر الكامل ؛ تخضع له طول الرواية ، لتبحث عن تأثير هذا الكتاب في من قرأه قبله ، و عشقه لفتاة رأي معها الكتاب لأول مرة ، و يبدأ رحلته معها للهرب من أسر المدينة الحزينة ، ومفردات الحياة القديمة بحثًا عن حياة جديدة تناسب الكتاب الذي غير مجري حياته.

يقول باموق عن " الح
When Osman reads the book, his life irreversibly changes. He gives up his studies to travel. He begins a search for meaning, identity and experience. He falls in love. He finds solace in the plots of popular films he watches while travelling on overnight buses across Turkey. He suffers trauma and injury in road accidents and meets people who give him useful things, such as guns. He also examines his own imagination from the inside while responding freely to the stimuli and images that experience ...more
After reading the opening sentence of the New Life, "I read a book one day and my whole life was changed," I wondered whether reading The New Life itself was going to change my life.

This is the story of Osman, an engineering student, who becomes obsessed with a book and falls in love with a girl, Janan, who shares the same obsession. This novel is mainly the story of their journey through Turkey, going aimlessly from city to city, searching for this new life promised by the book.

At some point,
While I was reading this book, I was constantly looking out for those who have read the book. The book that lures one in to disbelief about life, death and oneself was no ordinary text. I wanted to meet those people and ask them how they felt about this extraordinary piece of wonder that has uprooted a lot of people from their dense mundane lives to a treacherous deceiving adventure influenced by madness and movies.

Come, brother, come with us,
let's you and I on the bus,
go to a land that's fabul
Mar 07, 2008 Martine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Borges fans and those who like a challenging read
A year and a half ago, while making long bus journeys in Anatolia, I read Orhan Pamuk's The New Life, which is about a young man making long bus journeys in Anatolia. I found the Turkish bus system to be a lot safer than Pamuk describes it, but other than that, I recognised a fair bit, and loved the power of Pamuk's descriptions. I could easily see why the man was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize, although I ended up being somewhat underwhelmed by The New Life.

The New Life is a road novel-cum-metaph
Mixed feelings. Pamuk is a gifted writer whose talent survives translation from his native Turkish. My first encounter with him was his collection of essays "Other Colors" which is an excellent introduction to the scope of his work and his development from a student up to his award of the Nobel Prize. The book included excerpts from his novels which I have always wanted to read. This book found its way into various bargain bins with a hardback market down to $5 in one instance and $2 a year late ...more
Thomas Hettich
I read the book while travelling through Turkey. Although the main part of the story is set years before today, Orhan Pamuk' descriptions of the towns the protagonist visits are spot-on. The conspiracy theory of the book, which is revealed rather late and from which point much of the dramatic drive is gone - is echoed by similar thoughts of many Turks whom I met.

Overall I struggled with the book. The language stroke me as pretentious. And by not describing the contents of the text that the prot
ArEzO.... Es
اورهان پاموك در مورد كتابش نوشته است
در زندگي نو آنچه مهم است نه رازهاي زندگي كه مردمانند- قهرماناني كه گرداگرد اين رازها بر مي گردند و هستي را تاويل مي كنند زندگي اين قهرمانان را كتابي رقم مي زند كه بود و نبودش درهاله ابهام است .كتابي كه شرق را نه سرزمين افسانه اي عشق و راستي كه جهاني آشنا با خشونت و بيهودگي معنا مي كند
اولين رماني ست كه از نويسنده معاصر ترك استانبولي مي خوانم
بسيار رمان در خور تحسين و تاملي ست
هذه الرواية تحتوي على أجمل افتتاحية كتاب قرأتها في حياتي، "قرأت كتابًا في يوم ما فتغيرت حياتي"
رواية تحكي عن شاب يرى كتاب برفقة أحد الفتيات اللاتي ترتاد جامعته فقرر شراءه وقراءته لكن كل حياته تتغيّر بمجرد قراءة بعض فصوله.
يعجبني تركيز أورهان وكثافة أفكاره، واسترساله في النثر والوصف الدقيق لكل ما يحيط بشخصيات الرواية.
الجزء الأول من الرواية كان بطيء جدًا وممل، لكن تبدأ تتحسن في الجزء الثاني.
Nelson Zagalo
Foi o primeiro livro de Pamuk que li e agarrou-me logo ali, nas primeiras páginas, com a beleza da sua escrita, apesar de estar escrito numa forma da qual não sou grande fã, o fluxo de consciência, que acaba por produzir momentos altos mas também alguns menos interessantes, daí que não lhe tenha atribuído 5 estrelas.

“A Nova Vida” é um livro que se lê pelo processo de chegar à resposta final, e não pela resposta. O que conta é o mundo e são as personagens que Pamuk nos revela, e aqui torna-se ev
Saleem Khashan
أورهان باموك بكتابته المتأنية، ووصفه المتصل لكل الحوادث مع خلفياتها. يحكي " أنه في يوم قرأت كتاب وتغيرت حياتي"، وكم من أعضاء جودريد مروا بهذه اللحظة الحميمية من الإتصال مع كلمات شخص أخر وصل أعماقهم بطريقة أو أخرى. المهم أن الكتاب له معنى عند كل شخص يختلف عن الأخرين والبطل رأى في الكتاب حياة جديدة فذهب يبحث عنها. وهو يبحث طاف تركيا وركب الباصات وأعتقد أنه يحب، فأين الحب دون قدرتك على خداع الذات.
أعترف أني شعرت بالملل في الوسط ولكني لم أندم أني أكملت وصراحة أنا أغفر لباموك كل ملل بسبب رائعته إسطنبو
Pernahkah kamu membaca sebuah buku dan hidupmu berubah?
Aku pernah. Mungkin sudah tidak perlu kusebutkan lagi judulnya karena siapa pun yang mengenalku dengan baik tahu buku itu. Dan untunglah aku tidak perlu menderita seperti Osman, si mahasiswa arsitektur dalam buku ini, yang mencari 'Kehidupan Baru' keliling negerinya, sesudah membaca buku yang ia lihat tanpa sengaja.

Pernahkah kamu merasa ingin melompat ke dalam bis-bis yang lewat di depanmu yang kau tak pasti tujuannya ke mana, lalu memulai p

ما يميز باموق هو الفكرة ..
كيف لقدرته أن تبني حبًّا بهذا القالب الجاد؛ دون أيّة تلهف أو رخص ..
ينطوي الكتاب على "عثمان" الشاب الذي قرأ كتابًا فتغيرت حياته يسير معك عن تأثير الكتب والكتّاب والكلمات في دواخلنا بشكل مدهش ..
يؤمن باموق بالصدف وبالحب الذي جمع عثمان بجنان .. في ذات اللحظة الذي جمعها بمحمد بمجرد وقوع الكتاب في ايديهم؛

الرواية كذلك ترتكز على الحديث عن القومية التركية والوعد المتبخر بالحداثة؛ فهو يتحسر على بلده القديمة ويبكي على التقاليد المفقودة والتفاصيل البسيطة التي افتقدها

الرواية جميلة
علقت في منتصفها وتركتها، رواية هلامية لا يمكن الإمساك بمفاصلها، مبعثرة الأجزاء ومشوشة!
Not sure. Had read 'Snow' of Pamuk's oeuvre last year and thought i'd try another. Don't think I was in the right frame of mind and wonder whether I needed to be on some sort of drug to really get into it. Ironically, towards the end, the narrator apologizes for a couple of sentences of purple prose; this was a tad awkward as they were two of the sentences I actually enjoyed reading. Maybe Orhan and I will never click.
Mohamed Karaly
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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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