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By Orhan Pamuk

Straight away a fiendishly devious secret, a beguiling love tale, and a super symposium at the energy of paintings, My identify Is Red is a transporting story set amid the attractiveness and spiritual intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from essentially the most fashionable modern Turkish writers.

The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the main acclaimed artists within the land to create an outstanding publication celebrating the glories of his realm. Their activity: to light up the paintings within the eu variety. yet simply because figurative artwork may be deemed an affront to Islam, this fee is a perilous proposition certainly. The ruling elite as a result mustn’t recognize the total scope or nature of the venture, and panic erupts while one of many selected miniaturists disappears. the single clue to the mystery–or crime? –lies within the half-finished illuminations themselves. half myth and half philosophical puzzle, My identify is Red is a kaleidoscopic trip to the intersection of artwork, faith, love, intercourse and tool.

Translated from the Turkish through Erda M Göknar

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