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Pamuk, Orhan (Translated by Victoria Holbrook) . THE WHITE CASTLE. New York City, NY: George Braziller, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 161 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the most spectacular literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published as a hardcover original in a very small and limited print run, it is the author's single most scarce title. "In the 17th century, a young Italian scholar sailing from Venice to Naples is taken prisoner and delivered to Constantinople. There he falls into the custody of a scholar known as Hoja ('Master'), a man who is his exact double. In the years that follow, the Slave instructs his Master on Western science and technology, from medicine to pyrotechnics. But Hoja wants to know more: Why he and his captive are the persons they are and whether, given knowledge of each other's most intimate secrets, they could actually exchange identities. A colorful and intricately patterned triumph of the imagination" (Publisher's blurb). Pamuk's books are censored and often banned outright in his native Turkey, a culture that has to strike a delicate balance between (Eastern) Islam and (Western) secularism. The threat to one's freedom makes writing even more urgent and turns talented writers into great ones. His most passionate critic/admirer in America, the late great novelist John Updike, chose "Snow" as the best novel of the year 2004, bar none. A "must-have" title for Orhan Pamuk collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Orhan Pamuk. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Copies available online command as much as $3000. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2003 for "My Name Is Red". It is widely believed that Orhan Pamuk will be the first Turkish writer to win the Nobel Prize. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ORHAN PAMUK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0807612642. $2000.00

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