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A Strangeness in My Mind - A novel

Orhan Pamuk

From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red: a soaring, panoramic new novel-his first since The Museum of Innocence-telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life. Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he'd hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul-"the center of the world"-and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father's trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut's side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the "strangeness" in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for. Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk's finest achievements.

From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red: a soaring, panoramic new novel-his first since The Museum of Innocence-telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life. Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he'd hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul-"the center of the world"-and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father's trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut's side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the "strangeness" in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for. Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk's finest achievements.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red: a soaring, panoramic new novel-his first since The Museum of Innocence-telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life. Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he'd hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul-"the center of the world"-and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father's trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut's side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the "strangeness" in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for. Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk's finest achievements.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

21h 58m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:13


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:21


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:27


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:08


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

10:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:24


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:45


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:28


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:49


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

10:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:51


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:33


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:13


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:20


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:30


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:04


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:26


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:46


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:27


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:44


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:59


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:28


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:20


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:32


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:46


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:34


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:50


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:24


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:19


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:26


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

09:50


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:01


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:49


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:51


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:55


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:43


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:56


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:06


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:53


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:29


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:18


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

09:05


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

09:04


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:34


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:57


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:44


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:57


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:23


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:46


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:11


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:39


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:45


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:02


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:37


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:04


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:20


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

09:07


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:54


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:37


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:21


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

09:11


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:29


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

09:20


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:15


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:57


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:58


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:49


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:54


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:12


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:53


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:09


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

09:23


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

08:54


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

09:31


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

09:37


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

08:07


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

09:05


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:29


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:59


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:19


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:35


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:39


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:22


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:07


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:19


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

06:22


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:35


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:45


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:36


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:39


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:40


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

08:28


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:10


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:05


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:10


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

08:55


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

09:15


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

07:55


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

07:54


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

07:35


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

08:31


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

08:21


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

07:27


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

00:52