The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk


Deborah A. Lott
Literature Instructor, Bridge Program
Adjunct Faculty, BA

This is a book about obsessive love and it feels obsessive — redundant and relentless and insoluble. It shows the human costs of religious beliefs that oppress women — and ultimately men by setting up roles and rules that are incompatible with the vagaries of human nature. I got exasperated and exhausted reading it, and I wasn’t at all sure that the author was free of the beliefs that oppressed the narrator, but I also couldn’t put it down.
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“In Booming Istanbul, a Clash Between Old and New.” NPR
Orhan Pamuk, Nobel lecture. “The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize.”
Video introducing Pamuk’s My Name is Red. Invitation to World Literature, Annenberg Foundation
“From public enemy to Turkey’s national hero.” Interview with Orhan Pamuk, The Independent

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