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Never before published in English, Orhan Pamuk’s second novel is the story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980.

In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a former fishing village near Istanbul, a widow, Fatma, awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren. She has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idea
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Hardcover, 334 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Knopf (first published 1983)
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Elyse
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this - almost as much as "The Museum of Innocence", which is still my favorite Orhan Pamuk novel.... but it's close. ( it's a smaller book - less 'dense' than other Pamuk books I've read-- each chapter is short).
Right from the start the dialogue between the cranky old grandmother and Recep - her FRICKIN SLAVE HORSE -- a Saint to boot-is a dwarf.... making the visuals of the dialogue all the more hysterically crazy-funny....( shaking your head: "you've got to be kidding"). Recep is a bas
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Paul Gleason
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally published in Turkey in 1983 and now translated into English for the first time, Silent House (Knopf) is Orhan Pamuk's second novel. Although the Nobel Prize-winner makes no direct mention of the historical relevance of the book in the text itself, his story takes place roughly one month before the September 12, 1980 Turkish coup d'état, in which the Chief of the General Staff General Kenan Evren and the Turkish Armed Forces restored order after violence had broken out between right-le ...more
Jim Fonseca
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turkish-authors
Turkey’s on-going modernization, real estate boom, and politics are the focus of this story, set in a small Turkish seaside city, we guess, around the 1970’s. The book was originally published in Turkey in 1983. The plot is that three adult grandchildren make their obligatory annual summer visit to their 90 year-old grandmother. The grandmother is crotchety and demanding especially to her live-in servant whom she alternately calls “the dwarf” or “the bastard,” the latter because he is a child of ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sessiz Ev: roman = Silent House, 1980, Orhan Pamuk (1952)
عنوانها: خانه خاموش؛ خانه تاریک؛ خانه سکوت؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم نوامبر سال 2008 میلادی
عنوان: خانه خاموش؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: محمد فهیمی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، چشمه، 1386، در 467 ص، شابک: 9789643623999؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ترک؛ ترکیه، قرن 20 م
عنوان: خانه تاریک؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: محمد فهیمی؛ تهران، چشمه، 1390، در 431 ص، شابک: 9786002290410؛
عنوان: خانه خاموش؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم
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Sine
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
önce şunu not edeyim çünkü sürekli kıyasa gideceğim gibi bir his var içimde; bugüne kadar okuduğum diğer orhan pamuk romanları: kara kitap, yeni hayat, beyaz kale.

goodreads'in verdiği tarihlere göre 14 günde okumuşum kitabı ama sorsanız bana 4 gün gibi geliyor. diğerlerine göre çok daha akıcı çünkü. aslında şu an yaz tatilinde bir öğrenci olsam zaten bırakın dördü, iki günde bitirirdim. kara kitap'ı ve yeni hayat'ı okurken yaşadığınız o kitapla "dövüşme" hissi bu kitapta hiç yok. sanki kitapla b
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Gearóid
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading Orhan Pamuk's books I really struggled
and ended up abandoning Snow and My Name Is Read!!!!!!!
It just seemed to complex and I couldn't follow at all really.

But after reading Museum Of Innocence I really enjoyed this book
and started to feel I was understanding this great writers work.

Now I have finished Silent House....which I really loved!
Now I really do want to go back and read his books that i have abandoned.
Silent House just captivated me!The characters were really
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Inna
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was almost painful to read. A clash between the westernized intelligentsia and the nationalist poor, accompanied by sexual tensions, ends up in violence and death. Everybody wishes well, but everybody hurts everybody else. And upstairs stays a vicious traditionalist ninety-years old grandmother who rejects everything and everybody.
Chaitra
I must be missing something vital - in translation? in theme? Because this was the second book of Orhan Pamuk in as many weeks that I had zero (possibly negative) appreciation for. Granted, this is a translation of a very old book and Snow is a fairly recent graduate of the Pamuk alum. But, many of the themes that bothered me in Snow, bothered me here too. I'll come to that in a minute.

Silent House is a story of a Turkish family headed by an old (highly loathsome) grandmother, Fatma. She's ill a
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Astraea
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب عالی هست...فقط به صبر نیاز داره...توی 10 صفحه اخر اندازه 300 صفحه حرف هست....
داستان 5 راوی اصلی داشت. رجب،فاطمه،فاروق،متین و حسن.
شیوه نگارش پاموک در خانه خاموش مبتنی بر تکگویی درونی چند راوی است. پاموک در این رمان، از چند راوی برای روایت داستان استفاده کرده و
روایت این چند راوی را به نحوی در هم تنیده است که هر روایت، روایتهای دیگر را چون تکهای از یک پازل تکمیل میکند.
تاریخ، عشق، اشیا، شهر با تمام نمادهایش و پرسه بورخسوار در متون مکتوب و اوراقی که از دل خروارها خاک سر برمیآورند، جزوی از دغدغ
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Usman Hickmath
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Pamuk has tried to explore the conflicts between religious and secular, nationalist and communist of Turkey through the story of an old lady and her grandchildren. But this work lacks the depth with which Pamuk wrote Snow thirty years later with a similar theme. Characters in Snow express opinions to explain which ideology they belong to clearly. But the people of Silent House are just blasphemous to prove their secularity.
jo
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east, trauma, audio
i enjoyed this book tremendously. a few hours from instanbul, in what used to be country-side but is now a posh sea town, an elderly widow lives in a decrepit old house. the book is set in 1980 (though this date is never mentioned in the book; the book was published in 1983) and takes place during the days in which fatma’s grandchildren pay her their annual visit. the eldest is a university professor in history, the second oldest a university student and the youngest a high schooler. the narrati ...more
Graham Crawford
This is a very well written book with extremely real characters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Appreciated maybe - It's a journey into nothingness and futility, anger spite & fear. I felt like I needed a wash afterwards. I found the Grandmother's vicious point of view particularly difficult to read. Almost as bleak as a Cormac McCarthy, but more believable - *shudders*. I read the drunken rage and rape driving scenes with a kind of fascinated horror, needing to put the book down but forced t ...more
Nicko D
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Писан в периода между 1980 и 1983 година, вторият роман на Орхан Памук – „Безмълвният дом”, е актуален повече от всякога за случващото се в днешна Турция. На фона на изнурено семейство Нобеловият лауреат за литература разглежда под микроскоп основните проблеми, които според него спъват турците към мечтания от тях прогрес.

„Безмълвният дом” е всичко друго, но не и безмълвен, защото страница след страница писателят сякаш говори от името на огромна част от обществото в Турция, която мечтае страната
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mai ahmd
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
...لم يكف أورهان باموق عن الثرثرة على لسان شخصياته في روايته الشيقة البيت الصامت على مدى 456 صفحة والتي أنجزها بعد روايتيه (العتمة والنور) و(جودت بك وأبنائه) وقد نال عليها جائزة الاكتشاف الأوربي عام 1991 بعد ترجمتها للغة الفرنسية

تنبيه : تجاوز هذه المراجعة حتى لا تفسد أحداث الرواية


فكرة الرواية تدور حول التيارات السياسية التي ظهرت في تركيا خلال فترة الستينات والسبعينيات وذلك من خلال عائلة تعيش في مدينة جنة حصار وهي مدينة قريبة من استانبول يعيش في هذا البيت القزم رجب والجدة فاطمة والتي تمثل التي
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Jim
I kind of hovered between rating this 3 and 4 stars, but I realized I was leaning towards 3 because I am completely ignorant of Turkish history and politics, and so not fair to penalize the author for my own gap....

An interesting read which reminded me a little bit of Naguib Mahfouz's fiction. Pamuk gives us multiple narrators to tell us the story of Turkey and its 20th century struggles as the border state between Europe and the Muslim nations of the middle east. A pity that I don't know the hi
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Lisa
I don't know why I waited so long to revisit Orhan Pamuk! Both My Name is Red and Snow have stayed with me for many years. The conflicts of an extended family in Silent House mirror the political and social world of 1980 Turkey. Pamuk is especially brilliant at capturing the self-destructive psyche of the male cousins. A terrifying and sad novel.
Nick
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Silent House" is an early novel by Nobel recipient Orhan Pamuk. Compared to his more famous work, it is more straightforward than "My Name is Red", which harnesses its setting in early Ottoman Istanbul and its self-conscious virtuosity to a mystery that rarely seems to be the novelist's focus. "Silent House" shares the historical setting of "The Museum of Innocence", the politically-riven Turkey of the eighties. Nationalism is on the rise, and an Army coup is around the corner. But unlike "The ...more
Lisabet Sarai
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent several weeks reading Orhan Pamuk’s Silent House. Pamuk’s books are dense and difficult, but well worth the effort, if one measures this by those “aha” moments occasionally triggered by great literature.

Silent House is Pamuk’s second novel, first published in 1983. On the surface, it’s the story of a single family. In her second floor room, in the old house in a seaside village where she has spent her adult life, a frail ninety year old widow awaits the annual visit of her three grandch
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رانيا محيو الخليلي
"منزل السكون" أو "منزل الصمت" كما النسخة العربية المترجمة، هي أول رواية أقرأها لأورهان باموق، الروائي التركي الحائزعلى جائزة نوبل للآداب عام 2006. كل ما يسعني قوله تلخيصّا هو أنّ باموق كاتب روائي خمس نجوم يتمتع بنفس دوستويفسكي عالي الجودة. قرأت هذه الرواية بالفرنسية والترجمة المنقولة عن التركية كانت متقنة لدرجة أنني لم أشعر قط أنها مترجمة. تجري أحداث هذه الرواية في أواخر السبعينات بداية الثمانينات وهي مرحلة سياسية إنتقالية في التاريخ التركي وكذلك في الشرق الأوسط. نقرأ هذه الرواية على لسان أكثر م ...more
Tanja Berg
I was a bit uncertain of the rating for this book. However, I landed on 4* out of 5 mostly because I rather enjoyed it. This despite the fact that the alternating voices, perspectives and even tenses were confusing at times. Most of the voices - there was never any warning - I could quickly and easily tell apart, but the two teenage boys, Metin and Hasan were a bit difficult every now and then. Purposely so, the translator tells me at the end of the book.

Hasan and Metin are related, although the
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Simona
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"La casa del silenzio" è una casa che sa di stantio, di polvere e di muffa. E' una casa triste, sola. E' la casa di Fatma, una nonnina di 90 anni, bisbetica, petulante, una casa che risuona del suo livore nei confronti del marito alcolista e attivista politico; è la casa di Recep, il nano; è la casa dei tre nipoti che giungono di tanto in tanto a trovarla. E' la casa di Faruk, il maggiore, un uomo che beve per sfuggire alla noia e alla ex moglie; è la casa di Nilgun, una studentessa attivista po ...more
زهرة منصور
"لا يمكنكِ أن تبدئي حياة جديدة، ولكن، إذا كان بيدكِ كتاب، مهما كان هذا الكتاب معقدًا وشائكًا، يمكن أن تعودي إلى بداية الكتاب المنتهي، وتقرئينه من جديد، لفهم الغامض والحياة، أليس كذلك يا فاطمة؟
" بلاغة النهاية!
رواية الشخصيات! اصوات مختلفة بتوجهاتها وبنزعاتها النفسية..رواية تعبر عن مرض الصمت..ما يدور بنفوسهم من غرور كان أو طمع أو طيبة أو احلام وآمال أو نهايات بائسة
أكثر ما استفزني تلك العجوز وتأثرت فعلا ببكاء "متين"عند سريرها عندما قال لماذا مات أبي وامي وتعيشين انت؟ هذا عذابها!
Andrea Andrei
"Pentru ca, asa cum aveam sa cuget cu mult mai tarziu, in timp ce stau aici, in pat, odata sfarsita, viata- calatoria aceea cu trasura pe care n-o faci decat o singura data- nu mai poate fi luata de la capat, insa daca ai o carte in mana, oricat de complicata si de incalcita ar fi ea, poti sa te intorci daca vrei, cand o ispravesti, la primele pagini, pentru a incerca sa deslusesti ceea ce ti s-a parut de nepatruns si pentru a pricepe insasi viata, nu-i asa, Fatma?"
Yanper
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα μυθιστόρημα που μέσα από τις αναμνήσεις ενενήντα χρόνων της κεντρικής ηρωϊδας παρουσιάζεται η αέναη προσπάθεια της γεφύρωσης του χάσματος Ανατολής – Δύσης. Την ίδια στιγμή τα υπόλοιπα πρόσωπα του περιβάλλοντός της, μέσα από τις αφηγήσεις των περιγράφουν την κατάσταση που επικρατεί στην Τουρκία στην περίοδο 1975-1980, ακραίες πολιτικές αντιπαραθέσεις, φτώχεια, όνειρα και ένα κόσμος που προσπαθεί να βρει τον δρόμο του.
Sheri
This book is a collection of representations and parallels. Pamuk draws lines between the oppressed and dominant across several groups: women/men; East/West; religious/atheist; poor/rich; educated/superstitious. He writes a series of chapters from each of the character’s perspectives and through these we learn about and sympathize with them individually as well as begin to understand the tapestry that is their world.

Fatma is a great icon for the religious East. As a young girl she married Selah
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Ben Babcock
One of the background themes of The Prisoner of Heaven was the ongoing conflict between nationalist/fascist and socialist/communist ideologies in Spain in the middle of the twentieth century. History class in Canada focuses on fascism almost exclusively as seen in World War II. It elides over the Spanish Civil War (I’ve had to remedy that on my own time). It mentions Mussolini in passing as a buddy of Hitler’s rather than a fascist dictator in his own right. And everything after World War II i ...more
Bruce
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was Orhan Pamuk’s second, written and originally published in 1983, but it was much more recently finally translated into English. The story involves an extended family living a short distance from Istanbul where the now deceased grandfather was “exiled” for political reasons. The time of the narrative is in the late 1970’s, shortly before a period of political rebellion, and tension is in the air. The events described occur during one week when the aged grandmother’s grandchildren, t ...more
Marco Caetano
Algures na Turquia, próximo de Istambul, numa terra à beira-mar chamada Forte-Paraíso mora Fatma. Fatma é uma víuva nonagenária que serve de eixo a esta narrativa. Vive com um anão, Redjep, que para além seu criado, é também filho bastardo do seu defunto marido. Tudo isto numa casa que outrora foi nova, mas agora nem por isso...

Todos os anos no Verão, os seus três netos vêem a Forte-Paraíso passar alguns dias de férias. Faruk, o mais velho, divorciado, parece querer seguir as pisadas do seu pai
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Tanuj Solanki
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, turkey
Turkey as a polyphonic narration, as a multitude of ideas and desires. (The concordance of this notion with Indians' notions of India is the reason why Pamuk sells a lot here.)

Patchily done. Almost juvenile at times in its experimental vigour, although extracting, in some places, traces of a genius that Pamuk would later come to wield at will.

The heart of Pamuk's best novels - the return of the exiled man, or a man's quest / search for a woman, or both of these together, as in Snow and My Name i
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هديل خلوف
لا أعرف من أين أبدأ .. الرواية كانت صامتة (!) ورتيبة جداً وتحوي كماً هائلاً من الأفكار الفلسفبة التي ولا بد أنها تؤرق كاتب الرواية نفسه .. الشخصيات كانت متباينة وتملك كل منها جنونها الخاص .. لفت انتباهي شخصيتي متين وحسن .. هذان المراهقان الطموحان بجنون والذي يعاني كل منهما عقدة النقص .. كان متين من الطبقة الراقية ولا يعترف بوجود الله أما حسن فهو من الطبقة الفقيرة ومتطرف دينياً .. ومع ذلك كان هناك الكثير من نقاط التشابه وخصوصاً في طريقة التفكير !
الرواية تجعلك تفكر .. لكنها رتيبة .. رتيبة جداً
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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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“Because, as I would always tell myself so many years later, lying here in my bed: You can't start out again in life, that's a carriage ride you only take once, but with a book in your hand, no matter how confusing and perplexing it might be, once you've finished it, you can always go back to the beginning; if you like, you can read it through again, in order to figure out what you couldn't understand before, in order to understand life, isn't that so, Fatma?” 17 likes
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