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The Museum of Innocence (Hardback)
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The Museum of Innocence (Hardback)

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Hardback 560 Pages / Published: 24/12/2009
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The Museum of Innocence - set in Istanbul between 1975 and today - tells the story of Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul's richest families, and of his obsessive love for a poor and distant relation, the beautiful Fusun, who is a shop-girl in a small boutique. In his romantic pursuit of Fusun over the next eight years, Kemal compulsively amasses a collection of objects that chronicles his lovelorn progress-a museum that is both a map of a society and of his heart. The novel depicts a panoramic view of life in Istanbul as it chronicles this long, obsessive love affair; and Pamuk beautifully captures the identity crisis experienced by Istanbul's upper classes that find themselves caught between traditional and westernised ways of being. Orhan Pamuk's first novel since winning the Nobel Prize is a stirring love story and exploration of the nature of romance. Pamuk built The Museum of Innocence in the house in which his hero's fictional family lived, to display Kemal's strange collection of objects associated with Fusun and their relationship. The house opened to the public in 2012 in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. 'Pamuk has created a work concerning romantic love worthy to stand in the company of Lolita, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.' --Financial Times

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571237005
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 45 mm
Edition: Main

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“Well worth reading”

I was so glad I persevered with this after initially being put off by the 500+ pages. This is about the very wealthy Kemal who becomes obsessed with a younger poorer distant relative, Fusun while still in a... More

Hardback edition
8th January 2010
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“Interesting, but not gripping”

The 'Museum of Innocence' chronicles in minute detail the obsessive love upper-class Kemal has for his distant relative, Fuson a shop-girl. It leads to his breaking off his engagement to Sibel. Not too... More

Hardback edition
31st December 2009
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“2010's must read”

This is one of those very rare novels - a literary masterpiece that you will freely recommend to everyone. It is a beautiful crafted book that has no short cuts. The emotive and provocative language is sublime and the... More

Hardback edition
22nd December 2009
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