Pamuk, Orhan (Translated by Maureen Freely) . SNOW. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 448 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth novel to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Orhan Pamuk's "Kars" in a felicitous English translation. "A Turkish poet who spent twelve years as a political exile in Germany witnesses firsthand the clash between radical Islam and Western ideals in this enigmatically beautiful novel. Ka's reasons for visiting the small Turkish town of Kars are twofold: Curiosity about the rash of suicides by young girls in the town and a hope to reconnect with Ipek, whom he knew as a youth. Kars is a tangle of poverty-stricken families, Kurdish separatists, political Islamists, and Ka finds himself making compromises with all in a desperate play for his own happiness. Pamuk himself becomes an important character, as he describes his attempts to piece together what really happened in the few days his friend Ka spent in Kars, during which snow cuts off the town from the rest of the world and a bloody coup from an unexpected source hurtles toward a startling climax" (Publishers Weekly). Pamuk's most passionate critic/admirer in America, the late great novelist John Updike, dismissed the output of American and British authors in 2004 (which was relatively a very good year) and chose "Snow" as the best novel of the year, bar none. "He has enlarged the roots of the contemporary novel through his links to both Western and Eastern culture. This means that he has stolen the novel, one can say, from us Westerners, and has transformed it into something different from what we have ever seen before" (Horace Engdahl, Nobel Prize Committee). An absolute "must-have" title for Orhan Pamuk collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "2015 Orhan Pamuk". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Pamuk's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful specimen-signatures we have ever seen. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed and dated copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $750. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed 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 collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ORHAN PAMUK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375406972. $150.00

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