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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704567
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Orhan Pamuk received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. His books have been translated into 60 languages. He divides his time between Istanbul and New York City, where he is the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.


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Orhan Pamuk, described as 'one of the freshest, most original voices in contemporary fiction' (Independent on Sunday), is the author of many books, including The White Castle, The Black Book and The New Life. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2004 Faber published the translation of his novel Snow, which The Times described as 'a novel of profound relevance to the present moment'. His most recent book was Istanbul, described by Jan Morris as 'irresistibly seductive'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. He lives in Istanbul.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anne Lisca on March 14, 2013
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I already was an admirer of Pamuk's work, so I had read reviews of THE INNOCENCE OF OBJECTS. From the treasured rocks, bubble gum wrappers and etc. in an eight year old's drawer to pressed flowers from treasured moments; from saved programs to shreds of old uniforms, we all have our special objects that are worthless money-wise but are precious to us. So I was interested to see what Pamuk did with this. The book is not only wonderful prose, it is well illustrated, so we can take an armchair traveler's trip to Pamuk's museum of memory. It conjures up a time past in Istanbul probably contemporary with the pasts of many readers. Some things were different in that different culture: of instructive interest. Some things are the same. Pamuk's exploration of how memory works with objects resonates no matter what your background. That's why Ioved it: It spoke to my keeping and guarding of odd things.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on November 12, 2012
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Thought this book is magnificent! Beautifully photographs and emotionally revealing ! Mr. Pamuk is a gift that just keeps his culture and creative sensibilities alive to all who are fortunate enough to all be touched by them.I feel blessed to have been touched by his enormous gifts!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vulcan Isadora on March 20, 2013
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It is a companion to Pamuk's museum, and is an excellent way to expand the experience of The Museum of Innocence. His manifesto on what museums can or should be is noble. As always, Pamuk is subtle, warm, and engaging.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert V. Huber on March 11, 2013
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This volume is a highly unusual, but fascinating companion to Pamuk's latest novel. It not only gives insight into how Pmuk went about planning and writing the novel, but also underscores the major themes and clarifies what Pamuk meant to say in his fine novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JAK on June 28, 2013
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I am some what in love with Turkey.Although I've never been there. I've read a couple of Pamuk's books and was captivated by the photographs in this volume.I suppose it's a catalog of his Museum of Innocence.Interspersed between his pictures is text, sometimes describing the objects, sometimes the city and sometimes his discussions with his character, Kemal.I find Pamuk's insistence on the relationship between people and objects quite true and am always maddened by those who, in more ways then one, want us to travel light.Your objects are part of you.Take your objects away and you take part of yourself away.You loose your history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chestnut on July 31, 2013
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Over the past few years or so I've been obsessed with objects Orhan Pamuk puts a new spin on objects, the story behind each one and the narrative too. Objects always tell a story whether it's the owner, history or place in our homes.
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