By Orhan Pamuk
From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling writer of Snow and My identify Is Red: a hovering, panoramic new novel--his first considering the fact that The Museum of Innocence--telling the unforgettable story of an Istanbul road seller and the affection of his existence.
when you consider that his boyhood in a negative village in crucial Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized approximately what his existence could develop into. now not getting as a ways in tuition as he'd was hoping, on the age of twelve he involves Istanbul--"the middle of the world"--and is straight away enthralled by way of either the previous urban that's disappearing and the recent one who is quick being outfitted. He follows his father's alternate, promoting boza (a conventional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) in the street, and hoping to turn into wealthy, like different villagers who've settled the desolate hills open air the booming city. yet good fortune by no means appears on Mevlut's part. As he watches his kin calm down and make their fortunes, he spends 3 years writing love letters to a lady he observed only once at a marriage, purely to elope via mistake together with her sister. And even though he grows to cherish his spouse and the kinfolk they've got, he stumbles towards center age in a sequence of jobs top nowhere. His experience of lacking anything leads him occasionally to the politics of his neighbors and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic non secular advisor. yet each night, with no fail, Mevlut nonetheless wanders the streets of Istanbul, promoting boza and pondering on the "strangeness" in his brain, the feeling that makes him suppose various from everybody else, till fortune conspires once again to enable him comprehend finally what it truly is he has consistently yearned for.
Told from various views via a bunch of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a contemporary epic of coming of age in an excellent urban, an excellent tableau of existence one of the novices who've replaced the face of Istanbul over the earlier fifty years. here's a enthralling tale of human longing, definite to take its position between Pamuk's most interesting achievements.
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Les petites bêtasseries qui reprennent le dessus chez elle, la fausse analyse blécharde. Il est très heureux que je sois un méprisant. La sacoche est sur le lit, ça a été l’offrande au coup tiré dès son arrivée. — Il ne devinera pas (je dis ça comme une bénédiction) tant que je ne lui en donnerai pas l’occasion. Aurais-tu peur de lui ? — Oui, elle avoue, il me flanque les jetons d’être tellement inconscient. Je suis sûr qu’en ce moment, il ne me hait pas, ce que je trouve beaucoup plus inquiétant que s’il se faisait un numéro de code d’honneur et j’ai été repassé par une nana et je laverai l’outrage que dans le sang ou qu’on me les coupe.
Simon, au contraire, gobait parfaitement son frère, il lui racontait les histoires les plus invraisemblables et Dome, sans avoir l’air d’y croire, se marrait avec lui. Dome était sûrement le seul à connaître la classification des femmes en bonbons et ç’avait même paru l’intéresser. — Suivant. Un jongleur qui n’avait jamais dépassé les trois balles malgré son âge canonique. Par humanité, Dome lui laissa faire toutes ses petites bêtises jusqu’au bout, supputant distraitement l’immense hilarité qui empoignerait les clients si ce vieillard arrivait à monter sur scène.
Il t’a mise au courant ? — Non. Il m’a simplement dit qu’il était recherché et il m’a fait voir ses deux pistolets dans la ceinture. — Deux ? Pfuit, il se refuse rien. Si le ciel lui prête vie, je ne désespère pas de lui voir sortir un jour une 12,7 de sa pochette et un bazooka de sa culotte. — Il est dangereux, je te jure. Je passe un doigt négligent du haut de son front jusqu’à son sexe, comme si je traçais un pointillé pour préparer, en illusion, le tour de la femme coupée en deux. Elle frémit et je ne sais à propos de quoi.
A Strangeness in My Mind: A Novel by Orhan Pamuk