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The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk
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Sep 04, 07

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Read in September, 2002

It was the first novel by Orhan Pamuk that I read. It absolutely enchanted me. A lawyer is looking for his wife and his brother,who disappeared under strange circumstances. Slowly his search leads him into more and more mysteries. The search for his relatives transformes into search of identity. Pamuk switches the view points in every chapter,he doesn`t leave the reader to sit still even for a moment.He goes deep into the mystery of everyday life and displays a masterly woven fabric of hidden symbols and secrets.I was completely absorbed in the layers of meanings in this book. It creates a weird,magical world,and this world intoxicated me.

I also felt like this was a book about Istanbul. You get so intimate with the city,that you start thinking you may recognise every stone,every crack,every step.
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