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The New Life (1994)
by Orhan Pamuk
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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.
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