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Titel: The New Life
Verlag: Faber & Faber, London
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good
Art des Buches: Used
Hardcover. A few scores on dust jacket. Very light wear on jacket spine foot and leading corners. Spine is slightly cocked. Binding is intact, contents are clean and clear. AM. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 423385
Inhaltsangabe: A parable about love, literature and fanaticism. A young university student becomes obsessed with a magical book that delves into the dangerous natures of love and self. Abandoning his studies and his family, he goes with the beautiful Janan on a search for the meaning of the book's darker secrets.
Rezension: In his native Turkey, author Orhan Pamuk's novel The New Life is a huge hit. Now English-language readers have an opportunity to sample this unusual book for themselves. The New Life begins with the declaration that "I read a book one day and my whole life was changed." That book leads the narrator, a young man named Osman, on a wild journey in the company of Janan, a mysterious young woman in search of her lover, Mehmet. He had actually managed to enter--and escape--the world of the book. In the course of their travels, Osman and Janan are involved in a bloody bus wreck from which they emerge with new identities; they meet several "false" Mehmets; Janan mysteriously vanishes; and Osman eventually encounters a family friend who may or may not be the author of the life-changing book and possibly of The New Life itself.
In case you hadn't already guessed, The New Life is strictly postmodernist fare, where plot and character are minimal and time and space tend to bend and warp in unexpected ways. The author's vision is certainly original, and his descriptions of violence and Turkish culture are particularly strong.
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