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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Beyaz Kale. View 2 comments. Readers also enjoyed. About Orhan Pamuk. Orhan Pamuk. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 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 Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 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. 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 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 White Castle about the frictions and friendship between a Venetian slave and an Ottoman scholar was published in English and many other languages from 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 to 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.
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. 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 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 From the mids 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 was selected as one of the best books of by The New York Times. In 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.
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The events of this story take place in 17th century Istanbul. The story is about a young Italian scholar sailing from Venice to Naples who is taken prisoner by the Ottoman Empire. Soon after, he becomes the slave of a scholar known as Hoja master , a man who is about his own age, and with whom he shares a strong physical resemblance. Hoja reports to the Pasha , who asks him many questions about science and the world. Gradually Hoja and the narrator are introduced to the Sultan , for whom they eventually design an enormous iron weapon.
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