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The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist

Understanding What Happens When We Write and Read Novels
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
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From the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, an inspired, thoughtful, and deeply personal book about consuming and writing novels.

In this fascinating set of essays, based on the talks he delivered at Harvard University as part of the distinguished Norton Lecture series, Pamuk presents a comprehensive and provocative theory of the novel and the experience of reading. Drawing on Friedrich Schiller's famous distinction between "naïve" writers - those who write spontaneously - and "sentimental" writers - those who are reflective and aware - Pamuk reveals two unique ways of processing and composing the written word. He takes us through his own literary journey and the beloved novels of his youth to describe the singular experience of reading/listening. Unique, nuanced, and passionate, this book will be beloved by listeners and writers alike.

©2010 Orhan Pamuk (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Pamuk's nonfiction voice matches the narrating voice of his novels - grave, thoughtful, wry." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"A full-fledged theory of the novel.... His explorations of time and plot, words and objects, and the convolutions of the reader's mind as he seeks the center of the novel are incomparable." ( Huffington Post, one of the 10 Best Books of 2010)
"A striking interpretation of what goes on in the novelist's mind.... Pamuk's great insight is that novels don't necessarily have a single center - the center depends on the point of view of the character, and more importantly, the shifting point of view of the reader." ( The American Statesman)

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