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The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk
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Aug 05, 2010

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bookshelves: books-about-books, fiction, history, turkey, travel
Read in March, 2008

Orhan Pamuk's truly intriguing novel about Istanbul. A lawyer, seeking his missing wife adopts the identity of the newspaper reporter that he believes that she might have run off with. Truly filled with the sense of Turkey and Istanbul the novel moves though questions of identity...gender, religious, class...trying to make sense of a country and people who lay on the cusp of worlds and civilizations and asks ultimately if that's too much history, too much geography to layer over the complicated meaning of family and relationship.

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