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 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 more: 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. Translated from the Turkish by Victoria Holbrook.
Nobel-Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk's first international success was his third novel, THE WHITE CASTLE, a mind-bending philosophical tale set in 17th-century Constantinople. When a Venetian student is captured and sold into slavery, he is astonished to discover that his "master" is his exact double. As the two men trade secrets of their respective cultures, their identities begin to blur, and eventually switch. A brilliant artistic treatise on the nature of identity, the history of knowledge, and the conflict and assimilation of East and West, THE WHITE CASTLE signaled to the world the arrival of a fascinating Turkish writer who, in the later words of the Swedish Academy, "discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures."
- March 1, 1998
- March 1, 1998
- Orhan Pamuk