The White Castle From a Turkish writer who has been compared with Borges Nabokov and DeLillo comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of id

  • Title: The White Castle
  • Author: Orhan Pamuk Victoria Rowe Holbrook
  • ISBN: 9780571164660
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • From a Turkish writer who has been compared with Borges, Nabokov, and DeLillo comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity and the relations between East and West In the 17th century, a young Italian scholar sailing from Venice to Naples is taken prisoner and delivered to Constantinople TFrom a Turkish writer who has been compared with Borges, Nabokov, and DeLillo comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity and the relations between East and West In the 17th century, a young Italian scholar sailing from Venice to Naples is taken prisoner and delivered to Constantinople There he falls into the custody of a scholar known as Hoja master a man who is his exact double In the years that follow, the slave instructs his master in Western science and technology, from medicine to pyrotechnics But Hoja wants to know why he and his captive are the persons they are and whether, given knowledge of each other s most intimate secrets, they could actually exchange identities Set in a world of magnificent scholarship and terrifying savagery, The White Castle is a colorful and intricately patterned triumph of the imagination.

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    1. Orhan Pamuk Victoria Rowe Holbrook

      Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His Sons and The Black Book, in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi As he writes in his autobiographical book Istanbul, from his childhood until the age of 22 he devoted himself largely to painting and dreamed of becoming an artist After graduating from the secular American Robert College in Istanbul, he studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University for three years, but abandoned the course when he gave up his ambition to become an architect and artist He went on to graduate in journalism from Istanbul University, but never worked as a journalist At the age of 23 Pamuk decided to become a novelist, and giving up everything else retreated into his flat and began to write.His first novel Cevdet Bey and His Sons was published seven years later in 1982 The novel is the story of three generations of a wealthy Istanbul family living in Nisantasi, Pamuk s own home district The novel was awarded both the Orhan Kemal and Milliyet literary prizes The following year Pamuk published his novel The Silent House, which in French translation won the 1991 Prix de la d couverte europ ene The White Castle 1985 about the frictions and friendship between a Venetian slave and an Ottoman scholar was published in English and many other languages from 1990 onwards, bringing Pamuk his first international fame The same year Pamuk went to America, where he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York from 1985 to 1988 It was there that he wrote most of his novel The Black Book, in which the streets, past, chemistry and texture of Istanbul are described through the story of a lawyer seeking his missing wife This novel was published in Turkey in 1990, and the French translation won the Prix France Culture The Black Book enlarged Pamuk s fame both in Turkey and internationally as an author at once popular and experimental, and able to write about past and present with the same intensity In 1991 Pamuk s daughter R ya was born That year saw the production of a film Hidden Face, whose script by Pamuk was based on a one page story in The Black Book.His novel The New Life, about young university students influenced by a mysterious book, was published in Turkey in 1994 and became one of the most widely read books in Turkish literature My Name Is Red, about Ottoman and Persian artists and their ways of seeing and portraying the non western world, told through a love story and family story, was published in 1998 This novel won the French Prix du meilleur livre tranger, the Italian Grinzane Cavour 2002 and the International IMPAC Dublin literary award 2003 From the mid 1990s Pamuk took a critical stance towards the Turkish state in articles about human rights and freedom of thought, although he took little interest in politics Snow, which he describes as my first and last political novel was published in 2002 In this book set in the small city of Kars in northeastern Turkey he experimented with a new type of political novel , telling the story of violence and tension between political Islamists, soldiers, secularists, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalists Snow was selected as one of the best 100 books of 2004 by The New York Times In 1999 a selection of his articles on literature and culture written for newspapers and magazines in Turkey and abroad, together with a selection of writings from his private notebooks, was published under the title Other Colours Pamuk s most recent book, Istanbul, is a poetical work that is hard to classify, combining the author s early memoirs up to the age of 22, and an essay about the city of Istanbul, illustrated with photographs from his own album, and pictures by western painters and Turkish photographers.

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    1. Benim açımdan tek kelimeyle “kusursuz” bir okuma deneyimi oldu Beyaz Kale. Orhan Pamuk’a olan hayranlığım bir kat daha arttı. O kadar derinlikli tarihsel detayların içinde zaman atlamaları yaparak kurgu yaratma cesareti, kabiliyeti, başarısı, sonunda yaşanan dönüşüm, hatta öyle bir roman ki bana kalırsa sonunun da çok önemli olmaması, sona gelene kadar içsel tüm gerginliği, çözümlemeyi yol boyunca yaptırmış olması, ve ve ve benim için en haz verici olan kı [...]

    2. A Short StartI started reading this novel, because it was Pamuk's shortest and although I liked the subject matter of his other novels, I was worried I might bite off more than I could chew (I am the sort of person who must finish a book once I've started it, even if I hate it). So this was a taster for me.From A to B Inevitably I think it is fair to say that what happens at the end is inevitable. His craftsmanship lies in how he achieves it. There is a moment towards the end of the book when th [...]

    3. Beyaz Kale=The white castle: a novel, Orhan Pamuk (1952)عنوان: دژ سفید؛ قلعه سفید؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: آوریل سال 2003 میلادیعنوان: دژ سفید؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجمها: فرهاد سخا، علی کاتبی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر مرغ آمین، 1377، در 168 ص، شابک: 9645519195؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان تر [...]

    4. Warning: you have to relax to read this book, just let go and let it take you where it wants. This is a novel on identity: the plot really does not matter (is this the defining feature of good literature?), the crucial point is how two individuals actually become one, to the point that we no longer know ourselves who is whom. Is the Italian slave really taking the place of his "hoja" (i.e. master, according to Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books), are they really swapping lives as previousl [...]

    5. رفتم نظری که برای این کتاب داده بودم 2سال پیش رو خوندم.اوه اوه.خیلی تند بوداز انتشارات گرفته تا الودگی هوا و تا حوزه ادبیات کودک و نوجوان و علم و خانواده!!!وایهیچی دیگهحتی میشه داستانی از پاموک رو دوست نداشت!

    6. 7 / 10Kitabın sonunda O.Pamuk'un kaleme aldığı sonsöz, hem samimi hem de doyurucuydu.Sonsözü okumasaydım bazı şeyler bende havada kalmış olacaktı. Pamuk okurken hep fazladan beklenti içindeyim (belki aldığı ödül nedeniyle ) Beklentimi karşılamadı ancak keyif aldım diyebilirim.

    7. "He did not want to think about how terrible the world would be if men spoke always of themselves, of their own peculiarities if their books and their stories were always about this"I don't know how to write a review for such a book!I'm sure it deserves more than 3 stars cause it's a unique and one of a kind story but I haven't enjoyed it that muchThe ending was vague as were the characterssometimes I thought the character Hoja was mentally disturbed and sometimes I thought he was a genius. as f [...]

    8. لا أدري ولكن اما ان ذائقتي الادبية تاثرت بابتعادي لفترة عن القراءة و اما ان هذه الرواية ليست سوى عن مجموعة من "المخبولين"كتبت في لحظة غباءفي البداية ظننت ان هناك شيئا من الشبه بينها و بين "ليون الافريقي"لامين معلوف و لكن ما ان تجاوزت اولى الصفحات حتى ادركت انها ابعد ما يكون عن [...]

    9. Yaklaşık 20 yıl sonra yeniden okuduğum Beyaz Kale'yi bu defa daha çok sevdim. İlk okuduğum zamanlarda (sanırım daha yirmi değildim); okunması gereken her şeyi sırayla okuyup, yanına bir tik atan, aç bir genç okurdum sadece. Şimdi daha sindire sindire, keyifli okumalar yapıyorum. eskiden okuyup rafa kaldırdığım, hakkı az verilmiş romanlar olduğunu yeni yeni idrak ediyorum. Beyaz Kale kesinlikle bu romanlardan biri.Çocuk yaşta tahta oturtulan hayvanlara meraklı Padişah [...]

    10. "The White Castle is a colorful and intricately patterned triumph of the imagination." - said the annotation. But I don't see The White Castle as a triumph. It's good but nothing more. Pamuk tells us a story about a slave who inspite all diffuculties and troubles took his place in the turkish society of masters and a master who seemed to be insane and genious at the same time. They are similar like brothers and their mind had become similar, too. Knowledge of the Slave became a part of Hoja. Hoj [...]

    11. It is almost impossible to talk about this book without revealing its ending (or at least what one might consider to be its ending). This strange work purports to be a 17th century manuscript found by one Faruk Darvinoglu in 1982. We find that in the manuscript we are about to read, ' some events described in the story bore little resemblance to fact', although the 'truth' of the general knowledge of the period seemed to be accurate (p.2). On page 3 Faruk reveals that a professor he had consulte [...]

    12. Pamuk’s talent for storytelling is definitely unquestionable. Well, OK, you can disagree, I don’t care. I loved the setting; it was basically the main criteria for choosing the book (I’d probably need to mention the reader-friendly length, as well). I loved the plot (the double / the identical twin, the capacity of exchanging not only identities, but also memories, ideas and beliefs), the framing device, the (unreliable) 1st person narrative, the mind games and the twisted relationship / b [...]

    13. " أليس الجانب الأمتع من الحياة هو تلفيق حكايات ممتعة ،، والاستماع إلى حكايات ممتعة " - في البدء شكرا لامتاعي باموق في تجربتي الأولى معه وحتماً لن تكون الأخيرة سحرني أدهشني أحببت الصيغة التي كتب بها هذه الرواية وقبل أن أبدأ في الثرثرة عن هذه الرواية فتحذيراً لمن لم يقرأ الرواي [...]

    14. I was surprised at how easy and fast this was to read. Until I got to the end, I mean. Then I felt that I should start over and read it again, because I was sure I missed something. You tricked me, Mr.Pamuk! And I liked it!The best part about this book was the exploration of identity. What does it mean, when I say who I am? What makes me me and not someone else? Not something I want to think about all the time, but excellent thoughts to spin around in the early hours of the morning.Slightly besi [...]

    15. Video review: youtube/watch?v=Po4dQFeatured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2017It'll make you feel wonderfully sinister. A dreamy, absorbing novel that's very dense but immensely captivating - on par with the weirdest fiction of Calvino, Borges or Hoffmann.

    16. شاید ایراد از من باشد که داستان های خیلی زیاد و خوبی خوانده ام و دیگر کتابی مثل (( قلعۀ سفید )) برایم جذابیتی ندارد. شاید هم ایراد از ترجمه، کج فهمی من، و یا هزار عامل دیگر باشد، اما خلاصه این‌که من این کتاب را خواندم و اصلا هم نتوانستم با آن ارتباط برقرار کنم.در واقع کتاب را بی تع [...]

    17. القلعة البيضاء يقول الناشر في كلمة وضعها على قفا الكتاب، أن هذه الرواية وضعت باموق في مصاف الكتاب العالميين – وهي الرواية الثالثة له، بعد ( جودت بك وأولاده) و( البيت الصامت) -، ولكني بعد قراءة الرواية، لا أجد فيها ما يستحق كل هذا التقريظ والمديح. بل إن هذه الرواية – مقارنة بروا [...]

    18. Are we really so different from one another? Why am I not the magnificent white castle that sits on top of the hill but a rusty, creaking and nonsensical monstrosity wrought in hopes of "proving things to them", stuck in mud and sinking to its death with poor, accidental participants in it? Why can't I be you? If I knew who you were, where you come from and what you thought of while eating lunch with your family on an idle summer day of your youth? Are there really things to be found inside ones [...]

    19. " متى سينتبه اولئك الحمقى إلى تلك الحقائق ؟ هل اجتماع كل هذا العدد من المخبولين مصادفه ام اضطرار ؟ لماذا هم حمقى إلى هذا الحد ؟ " ترجمه سيئه و مجرد سرد لا داعي له

    20. Doğu-batı ikilemi ve kişinin kendisinden başkası olma özlemi Pamuk’un her okuduğum kitabında görülüyor, bu konuyu çok güzel işlediğini düşünüyorum. Orhan Pamuk favorilerim arasına giremez belki Beyaz Kale fakat ne yazsa keyifle aşkla okuyorum.

    21. قلعة بيضاء وأبطال لا يتسامحون مع كونهم أنفسهم ولذا يريد كلا منهما حياة الآخر وقصص خيالية وسلطان أحمق أم أنة أذكاهم وشيطان لا يمكن السيطرة علية إن خرج و"هم" و "نحن" وهو أصبح الآخر والآخر أصبح هو!!ثلاثة أيام بلياليها اقتطعت منها سويعات في قراءة القلعة البيضاء, اقرأ قبل نومي و أول [...]

    22. i didn't like it, but may be because i expected a lot from it as a historical novel was boring for me, i leave it several times,but finally i finished it

    23. If you want To know the differences between a Western mind and an Ottoman mind read this bookMaybe this is the reason of our backwardness in east

    24. نی من منم و نی تو توئی نی تو منیهم من منم و هم تو توئی و هم تو منیمن با تو چنانم ای نگار ختنیکاندر غلطم که من توام یا تو منی

    25. لن أقول أنها بداية عظيمة، لكنها ليست مخيبة للآمال أيضًافى لقاء آخر ربما أستطيع الجزم :)

    26. I wanted to love this book, and it seems uncomfortably unintellectual for me to say that I have mixed feelings about it. Much of the time I felt like I was reading through a haze which had the added effect of slowing all action down. The end of the novel I first found vexing in the extreme--I spent the whole rest of the day after I finished it in a snit. But I've made my peace with it, and I understand (I think) why it may have done what it did. In the end, I'm glad I read it, but I didn't entir [...]

    27. The White Castle, or Beyaz Kale as it was first printed in Turkish is a book which looks long and hard at the idea of personal identity. The narrator asks "Of what importance is it who a man is? The important thing is what we have done and will do." This Kafka-esque statement eloquently sums up the essence of the two main characters, the Hoja (teacher) and his Italian slave. Throughout their time together slave and master are caught in a tussle over their identities. Both recognise the similarit [...]

    28. Orhan Pamuk has won the Nobel Prize for literature and is supposed to be the premier man of letters in contemporary Turkey. However, I noted that more than one person on my friends' list on was less than enthused with his books. Thus, instead of reading his more famous My Name is Red or Snow, I deliberately chose the slimmest volume on the shelf for my introduction--The White Castle--a mere 161 pages--yet this couldn't hold me even that far.Set in seventeenth century Turkey, it's the first pers [...]

    29. فکر میکنم پاموک تو این کتاب میخواسته حرف مهمی بزنه اما نمیدونسته چه جوری! کتاب دیگه ای که از پاموک خوندم "استانبول" بود که به نظرم یه جورایی پیش نیاز این کتاب باشه. مسئله عثمانیها و روابطشون با ملل دیگه در پشت داستان "استاد" ترک و "برده" ایتالیایی نهفته س. استاد ترک نماینده عثمانی [...]

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