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One of multiple covers for ISBN A spellbinding tale of disparate yearnings for love, art, power, and God set in a remote Turkish town, where stirrings of political Islamism threaten to unravel the secular order by the winner of theNobel Prize for LiteratureFrom the acclaimed author of My Name Is Red comes a spellbinding tale of disparate yearnings for love, art, power, and God set in a remote Turkish town, where stirrings of political Islamism threaten to unravel the secular order Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother s funeral Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle class youth, he is even disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school An apparent thaw of his writer s curiosity a frozen sea these many years leads him to Kars, a far off town near the Russian border and the epicenter of the suicides No sooner has he arrived, however, than we discover that Ka s motivations are not purely journalistic for in Kars, once a province of Ottoman and then Russian glory, now a cultural gray zone of poverty and paralysis, there is also Ipek, a radiant friend of Ka s youth, lately divorced, whom he has never forgotten As a snowstorm, the fiercest in memory, descends on the town and seals it off from the modern, westernized world that has always been Ka s frame of reference, he finds himself drawn in unexpected directions not only headlong toward the unknowable Ipek and the desperate hope for love or at least a wife that she embodies, but also into the maelstrom of a military coup staged to restrain the local Islamist radicals, and even toward God, whose existence Ka has never before allowed himself to contemplate In this surreal confluence of emotion and spectacle, Ka begins to tap his dormant creative powers, producing poem after poem in untimely, irresistible bursts of inspiration But not until the snows have melted and the political violence has run its bloody course will Ka discover the fate of his bid to seize a last chance for happiness Blending profound sympathy and mischievous wit, Snow illuminates the contradictions gripping the individual and collective heart in many parts of the Muslim world But even , by its narrative brilliance and comprehension of the needs and duties Snow

About the Author: Orhan Pamuk

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 from the secular American Robert College in Istanbul, he studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University for three years, but abandoned the course when he gave up his ambition to become an architect and artist He went on to graduate in journalism from Istanbul University, but never worked as a journalist At the age of 23 Pamuk decided to become a novelist, and giving up everything else retreated into his flat and began to write.His first novel Cevdet Bey and His Sons was published seven years later in 1982 The novel is the story of three generations of a wealthy Istanbul family living in Nisantasi, Pamuk s own home district The novel was awarded both the Orhan Kemal and Milliyet literary prizes The following year Pamuk published his novel The Silent House, which in French translation won the 1991 Prix de la d couverte europ ene The White Castle 1985 about the frictions and friendship between a Venetian slave and an Ottoman scholar was published in English and many other languages from 1990 onwards, bringing Pamuk his first international fame The same year Pamuk went to America, where he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York from 1985 to 1988 It was there that he wrote most of his novel The Black Book, in which the streets, past, chemistry and texture of Istanbul are described through the story of a lawyer seeking his missing wife This novel was published in Turkey in 1990, and the French translation won the Prix France Culture The Black Book enlarged Pamuk s fame both in Turkey and internationally as an author at once popular and experimental, and able to write about past and present with the same intensity In 1991 Pamuk s daughter R ya was born That year saw the production of a film Hidden Face, whose script by Pamuk was based on a one page story in The Black Book.His novel The New Life, about young university students influenced by a mysterious book, was published in Turkey in 1994 and became one of the most widely read books in Turkish literature My Name Is Red, about Ottoman and Persian artists and their ways of seeing and portraying the non western world, told through a love story and family story, was published in 1998 This novel won the French Prix du meilleur livre tranger, the Italian Grinzane Cavour 2002 and the International IMPAC Dublin literary award 2003 From the mid 1990s Pamuk took a critical stance towards the Turkish state in articles about human rights and freedom of thought, although he took little interest in politics Snow, which he describes as my first and last political novel was published in 2002 In this book set in the small city of Kars in northeastern Turkey he experimented with a new type of political novel , telling the story of violence and tension between political Islamists, soldiers, secularists, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalists Snow was selected as one of the best 100 books of 2004 by The New York Times In 1999 a selection of his articles on literature and culture written for newspapers and magazines in Turkey and abroad, together with a selection of writings from his private notebooks, was published under the title Other Colours Pamuk s most recent book, Istanbul, is a poetical work that is hard to classify, combining the author s early memoirs up to the age of 22, and an essay about the city of Istanbul, illustrated with photographs from his own album, and pictures by western painters and Turkish photographers.

10 thoughts on “Snow

  1. says:

    A mystery A social case study.A culture clash.A literary masterpiece.Unreliable narrators.Misogyny.Protest.Political campaigns.Multiple truths.Diverse realities.Deeply moving characters.Darkly funny storylines.Religious fundamentalism.Arrogant humanism.Liberal press coverage.Fake News.National identit

  2. says:

    After finishing this book I felt virtuous, relieved Then baffled, irritated, and finally dismissive Other Good Reads reviewers express the desire to like this book, but proceed to be confused, bored, and insecure Most wrap up with the dismal feeling that they didn t GET it, and so didn t succeed in reall

  3. says:

    5 provocative, desolate, yearnful stars 10th Favorite Read of 2017 tie To read Snow is to laugh loudly and cry quietly Kars, a small city in northeast Turkey, a backwater that had glory days and multiple conquerings over the centuries There are Turks, Kurds, Azeris and a few Russians Most of the men are une

  4. says:

    Kar Snow, c2002, Orhan PamukSnow, is a novel by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk Published in Turkish in 2002, it was translated into English by Maureen Freely and published in 2004 The story encapsulates many of the political and cultural tensions of modern Turkey and successfully combines humor, social commentary,

  5. says:

    Nine Reasons I strongly disliked this book 1 The author made himself a character in his story I just don t like that I always wonder if they had writer s block and couldn t invent a fictional character to take the reins.2 A snowflake diagram of poetry is involved I ll say no3 The men in this novel are whiny, infa

  6. says:

    An Aorist CountryReligion is rarely about dogma or belief and almost always about membership in a group and the feeling of belonging it creates Snow is an absurdist novel about religion as community and its communal conflicts.The protagonist, Ka, is a sort of thirty something adolescent who finds himself in a blizza

  7. says:

    The expatriate poet Ka returns to his native Turkey ostensibly to investigate a growing number of suicides among head scarf girls for an article in a German newspaper, but actually to reconnect with the beautiful divorcee Ipek whom he knew in college While there, he is caught up in religious and political intrigue I th

  8. says:

    Written in 2002, this novel predates Pamuk s winning of the Nobel Prize in 2006 The main character is a Turkish emigre, one of many who live in Germany He is returning home after years away We are told he ran into political difficulties with his poetry and decided to leave Turkey He returns to Turkey ostensibly for his mo

  9. says:

    view spoiler In a lot of ways, Snow isn t much different from some of Pamuk s other novels Ka wanders around Kars just as Galip wanders around Istanbul in The Black Book, and Ka s vacillation between acute perception of others and paralytic insecurities about himself is straight from Black in My Name is Red It s almost as th

  10. says:

    Pamuk s description of the delicate and frequently upset balance between secular and religious fanaticism in modern Turkey is a gripping story It is told from a pseudo autobiographical viewpoint like DFW s The Pale King and follows the mis adventures of the exiled poet Ka in his return to a town visited in his youth near the Ar

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