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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers.

The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a g
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Vintage (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
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: Graeme
Shelves: fictions-others
On-a-high version:

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
Jim Fonseca
May 04, 2016 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
Issa Deerbany
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رغم طول الرواية وتفاصيل النقش والرسم والتلوين والتهذيب فقد استمتعت بها .
وأرى انها تحفة ولا اعرف اذا فاز بجائزة نوبل للاداب على هذه الرواية ولكن تستحق الفوز .
لولا انها رواية تاريخية لاعتقدت ان الكاتب يعمل نقاشا .
وصف الصراعات الداخلية عند شخصيات الرواية ملهم ويثير العجب وكأنها شخصيات من العصر الحاضر وهذه من عظمة هذا الكاتب.
شكرا اورهان باموق
Huda Yahya

واحدة من أكمل وأمتع وأنضج الروايات التي قرأتها في حياتي
كنت أستلذ سطورها وكأنني أقرأ شعرا
باموق نجح في خلق معادلة صعبة ها هنا
فأنت لا تكتفي بالتمتع بالحدوتة الشيقة الملغزة
بل هناك تصوير بارع
وملعومات مذهلة
وحبكة ممتازة
ووصف مبهر
وحكايات متضافرة تعيش معها أوقات ولا امتع

لو أنني ظللت أكتب وأكتب عن مدى تمتعي وشغفي بهذه الرواية فلن يكفني أبدا هذه الحروف المتبقية

هذه رواية تقطر المتعة منها
Ahmad Sharabiani
Benim Adım Kırmızı, Orhan Pamuk
عنوان: نام من سرخ؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: عین الله غریب؛ تهران، چشمه، 1389؛ در 692 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1393؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ارک - قرن 20 م
عنوان: نام من سرخ؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: تهمینه زاردشت؛ تهران، مروارید، 1391؛ در 594 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ارک - قرن 20 م
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 کن
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 امتیاز هم کم هست برای این کتاب
اورهان پاموک به حق یکی از نویسندگان برتر دوران ما هستش.
نوع روایت و زبان کتاب بسیار گیرا و جذاب و بیان نظرات و دیدگاه اشیاء نوآوری بسیار موفق بود. .
نه تنها ارزش خوندن داشت، بلکه ارزش این رو داره که در کتابخانه هر فرد کتابخونی باشه...
اگه بخوام گل سرسبد کتابخونه ام رو انتخاب کنم، بی شک در کنار غزلیات سعدی و هومرو لنگلی دکتروف، این کتاب هم قرار داره!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 15, 2009 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
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
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
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
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2007 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
Shoshi ♥~
Feb 19, 2013 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

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
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

Sidharth Vardhan

"Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow."

"For the sake of a delightful and convincing story, there isn't a lie Orhan wouldn't deign to tell."

This is a lot like 'The Name of the Rose' a very, very, very well researched historical crime fiction where some people, who aren't exactly detective, are searching for a criminal. There are other similarities too, both books have a very big library the access to which is restricted. Both make commentary on position of women
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
يدخل أورهان باموك عالم النقش والرسم في اسطنبول القديمة عاصمة الدولة العثمانية
عنوان الرواية باسم اللون الأحمر لقوته وأهميته في النقش الإسلامي
فن الرسم والتذهيب والتلوين, تاريخه وموضوعاته وأساليبه وظروف عمل النقاشين في ذلك الوقت
حكايات عن لوحات وكتب وأساطير, ووصف لتفاصيل غاية في الدقة عن الرسومات بكل نقوشها وألوانها
ما تعرض له هذا الفن من معارضة الشيوخ في الداخل, وأيضا التأثر بفن الرسم الأوروبي

السرد مميز يتوزع على أكثر من راوي, كل فصل على لسان أحد الشخصيات أو الأشياء
الرواية فيها بعض الإثارة والغموض,
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not help but think of the film "Daisies" (“Sedmikrasky,” dir. Vera Chytilova), that shameless classic of the Czech New Wave while reading Ohran Pamuk’s My Name is Red. That brilliant & psychedelic film of the 60’s portrays two incessant, silly girls who seem to want to emphasize their existence by playing pranks on other people and being undeniably obnoxious. They are terrified at the idea of being forgotten—of not existing. Similarly, in Pamuk’s epic novel of conspiring miniaturists ...more
Sep 18, 2014 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
Dec 15, 2009 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
Aug 02, 2007 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
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ana  Vlădescu
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
Aug 09, 2013 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!
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

إن لم تكن هذه الرواية هي البراعة بحد ذاتها، فأين ستكون البراعة إذًا؟
It's a rare pleasure to read a book so richly layered. Contained within what is essentially a murder mystery is the history of Islamic art, miniaturists in particular, and its clash with European (Frankish) art in the late 15th/early 16th centuries, romance, a social history of Istanbul at that time, religious extremism, a seditious storyteller in a coffeehouse, Ottoman history, multiple parables and historic tales bathed in myth.

Pamuk tells the story through many different voices, each giving
Maria Espadinha
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Só Para Estranhos

Está um cadáver no fundo dum poço!
Revoltado e indignado, entrega-se a um longo monólogo de queixumes:

"Eu, um conceituado artista miniaturista, criador das mais belas iluminuras que abrilhantam páginas e páginas de livros eruditos, estou para aqui ensanguentado e desfeito, de crânio esmagado, ossos e dentes partidos...
Eu que até era feliz e ainda com tanto para dar, fui estilhaçado em pedaços - atirado para a maior negridão!
Vinguem-me -- rogo-vos!
Apanhem-me o facínora, o pilantra
(review in English below)

Este livro é provavelmente uma obra-prima, mas não me cativou.

Fiz um esforço para chegar à página 100 - acabei por ficar na 101, por ser o final dum capítulo - mas nem o facto de o tema principal ser a pintura, nem os capítulos curtos, conseguiram manter-me interessada.

Aborreci-me a maior parte do tempo, com as vozes demasiado parecidas dos vários narradores, com os contos e as suas "morais", com tudo, enfim, e acho que assim não vale a pena.

Vou ler qualquer coisa diver
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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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