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A New Translation and Afterword by Maureen Freely

Galip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective novel–loving Ruya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband or Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist? But Celâl, too, seems to have vanished. As Galip investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Celâl's identity, wearing his clothes, ans
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Paperback, 466 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Vintage (first published 1990)
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Henry Avila
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The big issue from Orhan Pamuk 's , a Nobel Prize winning writer, novel is identity...who are we ? The setting Istanbul, Turkey, the largest city in the nation, straddling the bright blue waters of the narrow , and rather shallow , but still even today quite ...
crucial Bosphorus Strait, on both the continents of
Asia and Europe . This is the ultimate problem for its divided people, do we become westernized or remain with traditional, old customs ... They go see ancient Hollywood films, some 20 ye
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Sawsan
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اسطنبول بمعالمها وتاريخها وناسها, هي أرض الحكايات لأورهان باموك
فكرة الرواية جميلة, عن البحث والوصول للمعرفة بمعاني وأبعاد مختلفة
يجد غالب رسالة من زوجته تخبره فيها بمغادرة البيت
يبدأ البحث عنها وعن جلال أخوها الكاتب الصحفي الشهير
الفصول متبادلة في الرواية بين ذكريات وتحركات غالب وبين مقالات جلال اليومية
بمهارة رسم باموك متاهة من القصص والحكايات لشخصيات وأحداث في اسطنبول قديما وحديثا
يدور فيها غالب أثناء البحث فيتعرف على نفسه ويكتشف خبايا الناس والمدينة
موضوعات السرد وتفاصيله غزيرة ومتنوعة, مع الإطال
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Matt
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
this is a rare example of a reread for me. I don't reread books very often, not because I don't want to, blahblahblah....

My experience of reading this one was a good example of a certain kind of reader's disease. The kind where even though you are trying to focus your attention on the story, the language, etc your eyes start to water and you kind of glaze over in your mind, turning pages and sort of dimly registering the story. It's not "reading",per se, but it's not skimming either. It's not b
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Ümit Mutlu
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dile kolay, tam sekiz ayda bitirmişim Kara Kitap'ı. Anormal olabilir, ama normal de olabilir. Normal bir kitap da değil bu zaten.

Evet, bazı kitapları aylarla ölçülen sürelerde okuyorum bazen; fakat hakikaten, o kitaplar zihnimde apayrı bir yer ediniyor kendilerine. (Çoğu kişi için de geçerli bir durum bu bence.) Ve bu kitap da o kitapların kategorisine girince, içimde, içinden çıkılamayacak bir durum oluştu. İçinde tamamen kaybolup Galip'in, Celâl'in, Rüya'nın ve İstanbul'un karlı sokaklarının i
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Miltos Sideras
Το Μαύρο Βιβλίο είναι ένα από τα λίγα βιβλία που μπορούν να αλλάξουν τον κόσμο.
Μέσα από αυτό το μυστηριακό ταξίδι, ο Ορχάν Παμούκ μας μαθαίνει τον τρόπο για να γνωρίσουμε τον εαυτό μας (αρκεί βέβαια να το διαβάσει κανείς τρείς φορές, όσες και οι διηγήσεις της "ιστορίας του πρίγκηπα" από τον Γκαλίπ).
downinthevalley
Biraz konuşalım.
Orhan Pamuk serüvenim yedi yıl önce, doğduğum evin balkonunda ailemin kütüphanesinden çekip aldığım Yeni Hayat ile başladı. Eski bordo kapaklı bir kitaptı, ilk cümlesini bizzat yaşayacağımı düşünmemiştim hiç, yaşadım.

Daha derinlere inmeden belirtmek istiyorum ki, bu platformu ve buradaki insanları seviyorum. Yorumlara, inceleme yazılarına önem veriyorum. Buranın edebiyat ile dolu olmasını istiyorum. Yazarları kendi hayatlarından, edebi kişilikleri dışında yaptıkları yorumlardan a
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وائل المنعم
مع أسمي أحمر - في الحقيقة بعدها - تعتبر الكتاب الأسود أجمل روايات باموق ومن أهم الأعمال الروائية في التاريخ. يبدو الكتاب للوهلة الأولى بمثابة مسارين منفصلين - حكاية بحث غالب عن رؤيا ومقالات جلال "ثم غالب" - إلا أن الكثير في حكاية غالب لا يمكن فك طلاسمه إلا من خلال مقالات جلال، و لا تكمن المشكلة "المتعة" عندما تسبق المقالات دلالاتها في الحكاية بل عندما تسبق الحكاية مقالات فك دلالاتها. و لذلك فقط مع فولكنر و"إلى حد ما" كونديرا تعتبر القراءة الثانية لباموق متعة جديدة فريدة وغير مكررة.
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Inderjit Sanghera
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A post-modern masterpiece in the vein of the best of Calvino or Borges, ‘The Black Book’ is the novel in which Pamuk was able to force his literary star and create a work of art luminosity blazed forth and heralded a new star of Turkish literature; Kemal had poetry, but Pamuk has something even more important-originality.

The dominant themes in the novel are ones which often recur in Pamuk’s novels; identity, Westernisation and Istanbul, combined with a sense of playfulness and erudition. Let’s s
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مروان البلوشي

رواية الكتاب الأسود –برأيي الشخصي- هي أفضل ما كتبه الروائي التركي أورهان باموك حتى الآن. لن أكتب هنا عن رأيي بتفاصيل الرواية أو تقييمي لخباياها لا أريد ذلك، فهناك العديد من الأسرار التي تعلمتها والتي سأحتفظ بها لنفسي، ولكني سأذكر هنا 7 نقاط أساسية عن هذه الرواية (الرقم 7 سحري في غالبية الثقافات) :
1. مثل قصص التصوف العظمى التي تدور حول خروج الإنسان في رحلة طويلة للبحث عن الله والبحث عن نفسه، فإن هذه الرواية تدور حول رحلة مشابهة..
2. خورخي لويس بورخيس.. إيتالو كالفينو.. كاتبان نخبويان مهمان للغاية
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Ipek Soran
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"yetenek denen şeyden daha çok güvendiğim inatçılık ve sabrıma..." demiş orhan pamuk. kara kitap'ın bende bıraktığı en büyük iz, tam da bu oldu.

bu kitabı ölmeden önce okumuş olmak ne büyük mutluluk.
Duygu Öksünlü Beytur
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tkl
Masal, dağları aşan, zorlu patikalardan geçen, tek gözlü devlerle boğuşan Galip’in öyküsü. Beyoğlu uzak dağlar, Rüya’nın olabileceği her yer ve ona giden yollar, zorlu patikalar, Galip’in hüzünle ve gizlice nefret ettiği aile büyükleri tek gözlü devler.
Bir kurmacanın yanında da başarılı bir ders kitabı Kara Kitap. Edebiyat teorisine dair sayfalarca anlatılacak kuru bilginin kurmacaya dökülmüş hali. Bana kalırsa başarısı biraz da burdan sebep. Mümkün mertebe spoiler vermekten kaçınarak şunu diy
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Adam
A man’s search for his wife and her journalist ex-husband becomes intertwined with the latter’s bizarre articles/columns turning this book into a bewildering hall of mirrors of Dostoevsky styled feverish monologues, storytelling sessions like a Dinesen or Potocki tale, and Borgesian labyrinths of history and literature (and fake detective tale). Each chapter is its own unit; a short story, mock essay, or monologue. This book is exasperating, annoying, thrilling, and provocative at different poin ...more
John
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
I hope that Orhan Pamuk really enjoyed writing The Black Book, because I definitely did not enjoy reading it.

It is ostensibly the story of Celal, a columnist for a major Turkish daily who has disappeared or ran away, told through the eyes of the his friend and brother-in-law, Galip. When Galip’s pulp detective novel-loving wife (Celal’s sister) disappears as well, Galip turns into something of a detective himself, and the plot thickens. And then, it slows to a tedious crawl.

Whatever the story i
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Whitaker
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The book, in a nutshell, traces the protagonist’s search for his wife and, subsequently, also his cousin. There is indeed a vague plot resembling a detective novel here, but that is hardly the point of the novel. The real point of the novel is Turkey, as Galip’s search for Ruya takes him around Istanbul meeting various people who he thinks might help him find her, and via this process the novel morphs into an examination of identity, both individual and national.

On one
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Deea
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deea by: Karl-O
To what degree can we be ourselves? “To be or not to be oneself” , considers Pamuk, is life’s ultimate question. A roller-coaster which is alike in many aspects with a detective novel, this story is suffused with possible answers to the question above and explorations of how, only by telling stories, a man can really be himself. Through hypotheses developed in stories with a prince embarking on quests of finding his real self in order to be able to guide his people if he would come next in line ...more
Nicko D
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
За goodreads искам само да вмъкна нещо извън ревюто ми за сайта. "Черна книга" бе първата ми борба с Орхан Памук през 2010 г.; започвах я 6 или 8 пъти, началото ми харесваше, четох отделни глави в рамките на 2 години. Изводът ми е, че за всяка книга си има времето, особено за автор с качествата на Памук. Грешка! Орхан Памук не е автор, а роден Писател.

С четвъртия си роман „Черна книга” Орхан Памук прави първите си големи стъпки към сериозната литература, поставяйки задачата да отговори чрез книг
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Maria Ferreira
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turquia
Escrito por Orhan Pamuk, escritor e professor universitário, foi condecorado com Prémio Nobel da Literatura em 2006.

Os jardins da memória, em inglês The black Book, foi publicado em 1990, após o regresso do autor à sua cidade natal, Istambul.

O livro apresenta alguma complexidade, a estrutura linguística é cuidada e eloquente, a estrutura narrativa é não linear o que obriga a um maior esforço de compreensão e encadeamento das ações, por vezes senti-me perdida no meio dos textos, tendo de reler e
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Vonia
I get it. Not all authors write in the same style, the same proficiency, the same genre, nor the same level of whatever readers want in each of their books. That is why there are novels that are more successful than others within their work. Perhaps, therefore, there should be no real sympathy for me here, but Orhan Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence was by far one of my all-time-favorites, a definite 5 Star. Sadly, I have read the more if guys works, increasingly desperately trying to find one tha ...more
Çağdaş T
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library

"Alakasız hikayeler anlatıp, alakayı okuyucuya bırakmak"
Steve
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Remember those Magic Eye pictures that were popular back in the 90’s? If you stared at what looked like random dots or patterns in just the right way, forcing your eyes apart from their usual angled focus, a hidden 3-D image would suddenly pop into view. Some of them were pretty cool. If you were like me, though, it took a while to get it right. I remember moving the picture back and forth, commanding my eyes not to cross as it got closer to my nose and trying to hold that same angle as I moved ...more
Can Iban
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eğer bir romancı olsaydım, yazmak isteyeceğim roman böyle olurdu.
Ezgi
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yerli
'Başıma bir iş gelmeyecekse' yer yer çok parlak kısımlar olmasına rağmen tesir edemeyen, bütünleşemeyen bir kitap. Her şey 'çok'; ama hiçbir şey bütünlüklü değil. Bu çokluk, zenginlik değil, fazlalık gibi duruyor ne yazık ki. Sanki saçılmış ve toplanmamış. Toplanması gerekiyor mu? Her anlatıda gerekmiyor. Ama aynı zamanda her kitap kurgu kitap olmak zorunda değil. Pekala bu düşünce akışlarını istediği gibi kaleme alıp romanlaştırmadan bırakabilirdi de. Ya da başka türlü bir kurgu yaratarak birbi ...more
Serbay GÜL
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diğer 9'u hangileridir bilmem ama kesinler Türk Edebiyatının en iyi 10 eserinden biridir. -Bahsi geçen konu edebiyatsa eğer -
Nick
Aug 13, 2009 rated it liked it
This book should have been better. It had a very good beginning but then really fell off.

The fault is most likely both Pamuk’s and Freely’s (the translator). The way Freely described the translation process in the Afterword (which should have been the Foreword, unlike most Forewords, which give away the entire plot and should be Afterwords), it seems as if Turkish is incredibly hard to translate into English. She also relates how beautiful Pamuk’s prose is. That beauty does not come through. In
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Kaan
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kurgu harikası. Bazı uzun olsun diye uzatılmış cümleler dışında dili de gayet güzel, leziz. İç içe geçen örgü dışında, bu örgüyü oluşturan olayların ve hikayelerin orijinalliği ve söyledikleri ya da işaret ettiği gizemin ve ya bakış açısına göre gizemsizliğin (bakın neler yapıyorum!:) bütüne olan etkisi yerli yerinde. Hiçbir şey boşuna yazılmamış hissi verdi genel itibariyle.

Modern klasik.
Karl-O
Who you really are? On the surface, this seems like a question already posed elsewhere with such banality and tedium that some would be happy to declare that they don’t care about the question, let alone a possible answer. However, you can’t help but to think about your identity while riding the roller-coaster that Pamuk manages to pull-off in The Black Book. Like all great minds, Pamuk knows very well that attempting to answer such a question is quite complicated, though he is committed to taki ...more
Burak A
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turkish-lit
Benim Adım Kırmızı ile birlikte bu kitap gösteriyor ki Orhan Pamuk gibi bir yazar yok; Orhan Pamuk roman yapısı, kurgusu, içtenlikli ve karmaşık anlatımıyla (iyi anlamda karmaşık) eşsiz bir yazar. Bunu Benim Adım Kırmızı'yı okuyunca fark ettim ve şimdi de bundan eminim. Kitabı okurken bilgi ve düşünce zenginliği içinde kayboldum, gerçekten hem birçok şeyi bildiğini gösteren bir kitap ve insan kimliğini, varoluşu çok iyi irdeleyen, okuru her bölümün sonunda düşünmeye, bir nevi felsefe yapmaya zor ...more
Vit Babenco
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I had read The Black Book I wasn’t disenchanted but I wasn’t enchanted either.
“I thought of the pit which used to be right next to the building, the bottomless pit that had inspired shivers of fear at night, not only in me but in all the pretty children, girls, and adults who lived on all the floors. It seethed with bats, poisonous snakes, rats, and scorpions like a well in a tale of fantasy. I had a feeling it was the very pit described in Şeyh Galip’s Beauty and Love and mentioned in Rumi
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Danilo
Odustajem nakon 350 strana. Nije samo loš prevod u pitanju već mi i knjiga baš ne leži, a loš prevod to nikako ne olakšava.
Ne mogu da dam lošu ocenu jer mi deluje da je knjiga vrlo lepo napisana. Atmosfera u romanu je kao da se sve dešava u nekom snu, ne samo zbog postupaka likova i radnje, već i rečenica, opisa, suvišnih podataka, promena tema i slično.
U isto vreme, to i otežava čitanje. Dok sam u Dželalovim kolumnama uživao (svako drugo poglavlje knjige), glavna radnja koja prati Galipa je pr
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Tchatchke
Oct 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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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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“When you look into the faces of these quiet creatures who don't know how to tell stories--who are mute, who can't make themselves heard, who fade into the woodwork, who only think of the perfect answer after the fact, after they're back at home, who can never think of a story that anyone else will find interesting--is there not more depth and more meaning in them? You can see every letter of every untold story swimming on their faces, and all the signs of silence, dejection, and even defeat. You can even imagine your own face in those faces, can't you?” 27 likes
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