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Pamuk, Orhan (Translated by Maureen Freely) . ISTANBUL: MEMORIES OF A CITY. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 384 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's valentine-memoir on subject. One of Orhan Pamuk's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Orhan Pamuk's "Istanbul: Memories of A City" in a felicitous English translation. An evocative portrait of a great and storied city, an elegy for a bygone civilization, and a meditation on the "complicated intimacies" (Pamuk's phrase) of life itself. "Spins a masterful tale, moving from his fractured extended family, all living in a communal apartment building, out into the city and encompassing the entire Ottoman Empire. Pamuk sees the slow collapse of the once powerful empire hanging like a pall over the city and its citizens. Central to many Istanbul residents' character is the concept of huzun ('melancholy'). Istanbul's huzun, Pamuk writes, 'is a way of looking at life that is ultimately as life-affirming as it is negating'. A powerful, disturbing literary journey through the soul of a great city, told by one of its great writers" (Publishers Weekly). "In the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city, he has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures. 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: "2010 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. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed 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: Signed copies of Pamuk's books are scarce and as such, have always been collectible. Many copies available online have serious flaws or are subsequent printings. 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 1400040957. $300.00

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