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Pamuk, Orhan (Translated by Nazim Dikbas). THE NAIVE AND SENTIMENTAL NOVELIST: THE CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURES. London, England: Faber & Faber, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of essays originally delivered as lectures. One of the most important literary texts of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. In terms of production values, the British Edition is superior to the American in every respect. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Orhan Pamuk's "The Naive And Sentimental Novelist" in a felicitous English translation. Subtle and eloquent reflections on reading, writing, and the novel. The essays cumulatively amount to Pamuk's profoundly personal and idiosyncratic Writer's Manifesto, just as similar meditations by figures as diverse as Jorge Luis Borges, Milan Kundera, Mario Vargas Llosa, and V. S. Naipaul do. It is therefore fitting that they allude to Schiller's canonical text, "On Naive And Sentimental Poetry". It is just as fitting that Pamuk (this time in the manner of Rainer Maria Rilke's "Letters To A Young Poet") has dedicated the book to the much younger, Booker Prize-winning novelist, Kiran Desai ("The Inheritance of Loss"). "The power of Pamuk's book lies less in his theorizing about the novel than in his professions of faith in it. Pamuk still believes that creating worlds is the novelist's real task and exploring them the best reason for reading fiction. To read in this way - almost desperately, in search of the wisdom and aid we need to navigate our own lives - often seems like a dying discipline. Pamuk's book is a reminder that without this almost metaphysical faith, great fiction cannot be truly appreciated or written" (Adam Kirsch). "One of the more formidable attempts by a practitioner to articulate a theory of the novel since E. M. Forster's 'Aspects of the Novel'. It has such a dynamic sense of the life of fiction, and the way the novel makes us see the world, that it will be treasured by readers and writers" (Peter Craven). "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 in black pen-marker on the title page by Orhan Pamuk. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Pamuk's signature on this copy is fabulous, one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a great text. As far as we know, this is one of only two such signed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: In terms of production values, the British Edition is superior to the American in every respect. Copies available online command as much as $400 and up. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare 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 writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ORHAN PAMUK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0674050762. $250.00

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