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The New Life by Orhan Pamuk
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The New Life (1994)

by Orhan Pamuk

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Not even 50 pages in, I quit... is it the translation? ( )
  flydodofly | Sep 27, 2017 |
An obscure book by the author that cynically tries to find the meaning of life in an unremarkable life. ( )
  lynnytisc | May 12, 2017 |
Horrible! ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
I first read The New Life cerca 1997 or 1998 and fell in love with it then. I "won" the novel in an English Dept. Xmas party book exchange. The new prof of postcolonial lit (among other areas of expertise), Lisa Nakamura, at Sonoma State University was my "anonymous" gift-giver. I was prompted to reread the novel recently after a friend who read it with her book group admitted she found the writing (style)clunky and unsatisfying. (I had suggested the novel to them). One can admire Pamuk's novel through the looking-glass of postmodernism or postcolonialism or one can simply enjoy it as a surreal kind-of sort-of road novel cum romance cum Bildingsroman. Set in "modern" Turkey, where the existential mode of transport for young seekers is neither the railroads of the European Lost Generation nor the automobile of 50's and forward American youth, but the bus. On the Road here means On the Bus and it is on board that life, love, death, politics and philosophy play themselves out. ( )
  Paulagraph | May 25, 2014 |
Thanks Garvit for lending this one :) ( )
  Sumit_Nangia | Apr 20, 2013 |
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Pamuk, Orhanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andac, MunewerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Divendal, VeronicaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gün, GüneliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iren, IngridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reinhardt, SabineCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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«Aunque habían escuchado los mismos cuentos, los otros no habían vivido nada semejante.»

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The others experienced nothing like it even though they heard the same tales.

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Un día leí un libro y toda mi vida cambió. Ya desde las primeras páginas sentí de tal manera la fuerza del libro que creí que mi cuerpo se distanciaba de la mesa y la silla en la que estaba sentado.
I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375701710, Paperback)

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 sentence "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, his descriptions of violence and Turkish culture particularly strong.

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A novel on Turkey featuring a group of students infatuated with a book. One of them has even abandoned his studies to make copies by hand so others can share it. It is never made clear what the book contains, but while the young are enthusiastic their elders think the contents are degenerate, another example of foreign influence ruining the country.… (more)

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