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Pamuk, Orhan (Translated by Maureen Freely). THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE. London, England: Faber & Faber, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 537 pages. As New/As New.

The author's sixth novel. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Orhan Pamuk's "Masumiyet Muzesi" in a felicitous English translation, a novel on what is surely one of the world's oldest narratives: The love story set against the backdrop of Fortune and Destiny. His love triangle is unabashedly melodramatic: Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul's wealthiest families, engaged to Sibel and the rest of his life (his "future") thereby assured, accidentally meets Fusun, a poor shopgirl. He falls in love with Fusun and breaks off the engagement, all told by Pamuk with fresh eyes, as though the experience were happening (to him and to us), for the very first time. Like all of the greatest love stories, "The Museum of Innocence" is about heartbreak: Love rewards and punishes the lover with an acute and ultimately tragic awareness of oneself and one's world. The rest is history. Pamuk's melancholy temperament, his beautiful prose, and his unsurpassed ability to conjure a whole universe down to the most minute detail are all here. The novel's central motif is collecting, the most solitary (like reading) of human pursuits, which intuitively grasps that the loved one and the beloved city can only be possessed by being collected, "that all he finally can possess, certainly and eternally, is the museum he has created of his collection, this map of a society's manners and mores, and one man's broken heart" (Publisher's blurb). We have been moved and dazzled by Orhan Pamuk's work thus far. His museum contains his memoir and all of his novels ("The Museum of Innocence" is also reminiscent of Susan Sontag's one great novel, "The Volcano Lover"). As such, it will give his readers the deepest pleasure. A "must-have" edition for Orhan Pamuk completists. This title is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2003 for "My Name Is Red". Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, the first Turkish writer to be so deservedly honored. One of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ORHAN PAMUK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0571237002. $40.00

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