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A new translation and afterword by Maureen Freely.

Galip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective novel-loving Ruya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband or Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist? But Celâl, too, seems to have vanished. As Galip investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Celâl's identity, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even writing his columns. Galip pursues every conceivable clue, but the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and when he receives a death threat, he begins to fear the worst.

With its cascade of beguiling stories about Istanbul, The Black Book is a brilliantly unconventional mystery, and a provocative meditation on identity. For Turkish literary fans, it is the cherished cult novel in which Orhan Pamuk found his original voice, but it has largely been neglected by English-language speakers. Now, in Maureen Freely’s beautiful new translation, they, too, may encounter all its riches.

©2018 Orhan Pamuk (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A glorious flight of dark, fantastic invention." (The Washington Post)

"A splendid novel, as delicious to our mind's palate as a Turkish delight and as subtle...in its design as a Persian rug." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"An extraordinary, tantalizing novel." (The Nation)

"An inventive and...exuberant modern national epic." (London Sunday Times)

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Pamuk read by John Lee....

... can't get better than that. The book is not "easy," but what great book is? It's deep and mysterious and profound, as Pamuk so often can be.
John Lee, who always reads Pamuk, is one of the very best Audible performers; he seems to "get" the world of Pamuk, Istanbul and the rich history, Islamic metaphysics and wonderful tales of that world. "The Black Book" is, on one of its many levels, the "Thousand and One Nights" for smart, adventuresome readers. Listen to it!