A Strangeness in My Mind

A Strangeness in My Mind

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A Strangeness In My Mind is a novel Orhan Pamuk has worked on for six years. It is the story of boza seller Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years' worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul. In the four decades between 1969 and 2012, Mevlut works a number of different jobs on the streets of Istanbul, from selling yoghurt and cooked rice, to guarding a car park. He observes many different kinds of people thronging the streets, he watches most of the city get demolished and re-built, and he sees migrants from Anatolia making a fortune; at the same time, he witnesses all of the transformative moments, political clashes, and military coups that shape the country. He always wonders what it is that separates him from everyone else - the source of that strangeness in his mind. But he never stops selling boza during winter evenings and trying to understand who his beloved really is. What matters more in love: what we wish for, or what our fate has in store? Do our choices dictate whether we will be happy or not, or are these things determined by forces beyond our control? A Strangeness In My Mind tries to answer these questions while portraying the tensions between urban life and family life, and the fury and helplessness of women inside their homes.Mevlut liked to listen to him and daydream as he sat in the front seat of the Dodge , watching hundreds, thousands of lights shining out of cars and windows; the depths of the dark, velvety Istanbul night; and the neon-colored minarets going past. ... through mud and rain, up and down these very same streets, and now here they were slipping right through with ease. ... paternal great-grandfather, the shoemaker), helping Fevziye change the diapers (he would look at his grandsona#39;s tinyanbsp;...

Title:A Strangeness in My Mind
Author: Orhan Pamuk
Publisher:Faber & Faber - 2015-09-22

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