The Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence

Orhan Pamuk Maureen Freely / Feb 17, 2020

The Museum of Innocence The Museum of Innocence set in Istanbul between and today tells the story of Kemal the son of one of Istanbul s richest families and of his obsessive love for a poor and distant relation the b

  • Title: The Museum of Innocence
  • Author: Orhan Pamuk Maureen Freely
  • ISBN: 9780571237029
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Museum of Innocence set in Istanbul between 1975 and today tells the story of Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul s richest families, and of his obsessive love for a poor and distant relation, the beautiful F sun, who is a shop girl in a small boutique In his romantic pursuit of F sun over the next eight years, Kemal compulsively amasses a collection of objects thatThe Museum of Innocence set in Istanbul between 1975 and today tells the story of Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul s richest families, and of his obsessive love for a poor and distant relation, the beautiful F sun, who is a shop girl in a small boutique In his romantic pursuit of F sun over the next eight years, Kemal compulsively amasses a collection of objects that chronicles his lovelorn progress a museum that is both a map of a society and of his heart.The novel depicts a panoramic view of life in Istanbul as it chronicles this long, obsessive love affair and Pamuk beautifully captures the identity crisis experienced by Istanbul s upper classes that find themselves caught between traditional and westernised ways of being Orhan Pamuk s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize is a stirring love story and exploration of the nature of romance.Pamuk built The Museum of Innocence in the house in which his hero s fictional family lived, to display Kemal s strange collection of objects associated with F sun and their relationship The house opened to the public in 2012 in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul Pamuk has created a work concerning romantic love worthy to stand in the company of Lolita, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina Financial Times

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        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.


    1. Okay, I'm going to tell it as it is.  Nobel-winning writer aside, this book is insufferable.  I frankly don't understand the hype, the glowing reviews, attention from the New Yorker - this book is bad.  Really bad.The story revolves around a privileged man in Istanbul who has a short affair with a shopgirl and proceeds to become completely obsessed with her.  So obsessed is he that after the girl marries someone else, he ends up sitting at their dinner table for the next 8 years.When Kemal i [...]

    2. (Additional notes below)One thing I just realized, whenever I am about to finish reading a book, usually some sketchy ideas or sentences appear in my mind, so that right after I finish it, I can just open , rate the book and write those ideas. I am also usually satisfied after writing three or four paragraphs, feeling that I have said what I have to say. But, I can't do that with Pamuk's books. The night I finished this book, I was sitting at my desk with my hands laid on the closed book. I was [...]

    3. Masumiyet müzesi = The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamukعنوانها: موزه ی بیگناهی؛ موزه معصومیت؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ماه آگوست سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: موزه ی بیگناهی؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: گلنار غبرایی؛ کلن، انتشارات فروغ، 2013 م، 1392، در 434 ص، شابک: 9783943147735؛ موضوع: داستانهای [...]

    4. I must confess that for the last five years, I have had a love and hate relationship with Orhan Pamuk (I also had a similar relationship with Charles Dickens, but that’s another matter altogether).Pamuk’s style is meticulous and ornate, intensely introspective, sometimes deliberately repetitive, shot through with that particular Turkish kind of melancholy called ‘huzun’. At his best, his prose achieves a poetic, hypnotic quality that makes My Name Is Red such a compelling, mesmerizing re [...]

    5. متحف أورهان باموق يعرض تفاصيل حالة عشق ما بين البهجة والألميضم معالم ولحظات ومشاعر تبقى للذكرى يكتب باموق عن أثر الحب والفراق على النفس والجسد وعن ملامح المجتمع التركي بطبقاته ومعتقداته في النصف الثاني من القرن العشرينوالتغيرات والتأثُر بأفكار وأسلوب الغرب في المعيشة وال [...]

    6. “Time had not faded my memories (as I had prayed to God it might), nor had it healed my wounds as it is said always to do. I began each day with the hope that the next day would be better, my recollections a little less pointed, but I would awake to the same pain, as if a black lamp were burning eternally inside me, radiating darkness.” — Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of InnocenceI must say, when I first started reading this book, I groaned inwardly. I had come across it while I was researching [...]

    7. I think this will be a short review because i don't want to give too much away. This is probably one of the more unique books i've ever read, done completely unpretentiously. most of the time i was reading it, i was thoroughly swept up in its melancholy atmosphere, but as the story began to resolve toward the very end, the tone lightened and i happily noted Orhan Pamuk's sense of humor and ability to make fun of himself. at least that is how i processed certain things at the end of the book a no [...]

    8. Wow!!!!!!!! Update: WOW!!!!! NOTE: Some people may think "what is she talking about?" ils on a chalkboard & obsessive? Yes'sometimes'but My God --in the best of all ways!! The writing is beyond gorgeous -and the story --OMG! I own this book! (Sorry'not' giving it away).When I saw that Steve- member, was reading the 'not yet' released book, "A Strangeness in My Mind" --due out in a couple of days --I was a little envious! :) Istanbul: "A Love letter to a City".(nobody could write it better th [...]

    9. An extremely tedious, depressing read. I can honestly say that I read the first 150 pages, and then started skimming the rest (which I NEVER do, since I love reading) in search for dialogue.It is so melancholy and slow. It reminded me of being in a room with an extremely self absorbed person, who blabbers on and on, touching the same points over and over again without really any concern if you're listening or not. The writing style is also overly detailed, describing dry conversations with busin [...]

    10. * çok güzel kitap * * a beautiful story ** ένα ταξίδι στη χώρα της γραφής του Παμούκ *Όταν αγόρασα αυτό το βιβλίο ήξερα ότι στο εγγύς μέλλον θα πήγαινα στην οδό Τσουκουρτζουμά να επισκεφτώ το μουσείο, αλλά από τότε μέχρι σήμερα πολλά έχουν γίνει, στ' αεροδρόμιο, στους δρόμους, ένα αμφιλεγόμεν [...]

    11. I have been trying to finish this novel for such a long time. It took three tries. Third time lucky. I finally finished it.An obsessive man shares his memories of a doomed love affair in a society where East and West are fusing. There is a confusion of cultures driven by mosques on the one hand, and malls on the other, which leads to civil unrest and even war in the vibrant ancient city of Istanbul. I did not manage to become as obsessed as single-minded Kamul with Füsun, the eighteen-year old [...]

    12. Orhan Pamuk. Why have I waited so long to experience your writing? Because that is what this was. An experience. The Museum of Innocence has a deceitfully simple premise. Kemal Bey, from one of the wealthiest, more prominent families in Turkish society, is to be married to the lovely Sibel, daughter of a diplomat. She is well educated, beautiful, resourceful, well matched for his family even; no one can be anything but ecstatic at their engagement party, where they are on display for all of the [...]

    13. It was quite an experience reading this book.At one stage i almost abandoned it as i just hadtoo much of Kemal's obsession and it was getting a bit tiresome.However,while i was not reading the book and moved on to other books i keep thinking about it and realised it was beautifully written.The descriptions of Istanbul life in the 1970's and 1980's were so brilliant.I would be having a coffee in my local cafe(wet and damp and indoors) and would start thinking about Istanbul and the warm feeling i [...]

    14. Aren't we all surrounded by thousands of tiny little things of the ones we love(d)?"What a bore is life and how predictable: to be born, live and die." This is what I told my grandma (from my mothersside) at the age of eight after reading next weeks TV-guide completely. She looked at me with a little mysterious smile and said "Yes, you are right". I was old at the age of eight. The strange thing is this feeling never really left me. In retrospect my opinion back than was only a part of 'homo sap [...]

    15. I'm not sure what to think of this book. I loved Pamuk's memoir, Istanbul: Memories and the City. But this novel, which covers much of the same material from a fictional perspective, with a woman, instead of a city as the focus of attention, was a frustrating read. The cataloging of every meaningful interaction with Fusun, the focus of Kemal's obsession, and the collecting of thousands of objects she touched or that are associated with her, does capture something a period of time? Reading this [...]

    16. After finishing "The Museum of Innocence," I found myself in need to talk about it. I wanted my friends to know about this, but I wanted them to know about it slowly, in small drips, and tiny pieces. -"Do you have time for another cup of coffee?" I'd ask, "This might take a while, but chances are this book might be too long for your taste and you might not want to read it yourself, but you have to at least hear me out till the end. Let me tell you about it!" It's not typical of me to do this sor [...]

    17. هذه آخر رواية للكاتب التركي المعروف أورهان باموك، وقد نشرها في 2008، عامين بعد فوزه بجائزة نوبل في 2006. وقد تم ترجمتها للإنجليزية في 2009.الحق اني لم أحب هذه الرواية، لقد وجدت عالم باموك متكرراً بالطريقة نفسها، وبالملامح نفسها. ومع أن باموك روائي ذكي للغاية إلا أنه لم يأت بالجديد [...]

    18. Kemal, a 30 year old son of a wealthy Istanbul family, about to be engaged to a girl named Sibel, falls in love with an 18 year old shop girl Fusun- a distant, poorer relation of Kemal. Fusun also confesses her love to him and disappears after attending his engagement with Sibel. In his pursuit of Fusun over the next eight years, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that records his lovelorn progress, amassing a museum.Having only two brief instances of lovemaking in a 500 pages long [...]

    19. Am ezitat destul de mult daca sa incep sau nu “Muzeul Inocentei”, am ocolit-o poate din cauza numarului de pagini destul de mare, peste 600, asta dupa ce prima mea experienta cu scriitura lui Pamuk a fost cu o carte a sa de non-fictiune “Istanbul” care mi-a placut. Apoi am citit romanul ”Ma numesc rosu” capodopera sa, care mi-a placut la fel de mult este o carte care te solicita, nu este o carte usoara, dar merita efortul de a fi citita pana la final, jurul Comitetului Nobel luand de [...]

    20. Several years ago a neighbour gave me a bag of books, all of which I immediately discarded except this. It sat on my to read shelf for a year or so, until a long haul voyage, even worse, a long haul voyage with flu, was about to happen. Wondering what was possessing me, I put this in my bag. Now or never. Worst case it would find a new home in Australia. Best.Well, best, it turned out, was amazing. Despite having the flu, despite seats right next to the toilet (really disgusting, just don't do i [...]

    21. Romanda birinci kural; ana karakter mutlaka empati duyulabilir, sevilebilir bir karakter olmalıdır derler. Orhan Pamuk her zaman yaptığı gibi ana kurallardan birini çiğneyerek de güzel kitaplar yazılabileceğini göstermiş. Masumiyet müzesi, Kemal Bey'in Füsun Hanım'a olan büyük aşkını -bana kalırsa büyük takıntısını- anlattığı akıcı bir roman. Füsun'la olan güzel günlerine tekrar kavuşamamak Kemal Bey'i öylesine derinden sarsıyor ki, tüm hayatını bir yana [...]

    22. Још увек нисам начисто коју оцену ова књига заслужује. Уопште не могу да будем објективна из простог разлога што сам је читала током свог боравка у Истанбулу и све те улице и људе које Памук описује у овом роману доживела на потпуно другачији начин него што бих их доживела д [...]

    23. I just finished this book and despite the writing style (which reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez) I ended up hating the main character and the book.Like a lover you can't trust, the author led me down a long, winding path and eventually took advantage of me - and believe me, after sticking with this book for more than 500 pages I was expecting a little bit more. The first 200 pages were frustrating but I carried on, in hopes that sometime we'd get somewhere good. However, I started to get su [...]

    24. Orhan Pamuk no Museu da Inocência em Istambul."O meu museu engloba a vida que partilhei com a Füsun e a totalidade da nossa experiência" pág 631"Quando, com a devida reverência, admirarem os objetos e horarem a memória de Füsun e Kemal, os visitantes compreenderão que, () esta não é apenas uma história de amantes mas de todo o seu reino, ou seja, de Istambul." pág 632

    25. diyecek bir şey bulamadım. beş dakikadır bakıyorum ekrana. çok, çok güzel. the washington post'un şu dediğine katılarak: "pamuk bu kitapla aşkı elle tutulur bir şey olarak önümüze koyuyor", ve orhan pamuk kitaplarının hayatımdaki tesadüfi (ya da değil?) doğru zamanlamasına şaşırarak bitireyim. ha bir de, bana istanbul'u sevdiriyor orhan pamuk kitapları.

    26. 4 stars for the book but 3.5 stars for my personal experience as it's never a good thing when I'm so relieved to reach the last page!With characters such as Conniving Suhendan, Faruk the Mouse, Hilmi the Bastard, Left-Handed Sermin, Guven the Ship Sinker and Shithead-With-A-Mustache, and a central character who has created a museum out of the most mundane objects imaginable, there is a lot to be enjoyed. In a nutshell, Kemal is in a long term relationship with the woman he expects to marry when [...]

    27. “In realtà, nessuno si rende conto di vivere l’istante più felice della propria vita nell’attimo in cui lo sta vivendo”Non ho contato quante volte compaia, ma ho il sospetto che la parola “felicità” sia quella che ricorra più spesso in questo romanzo.Eppure Kemal, il protagonista, finisce per avere una vita tutt’altro che felice. Non che non l’abbia mai conosciuta, la felicità, solo che non ha saputo riconoscerla quando gli si è presentata. O forse, più semplicemente, non [...]

    28. Rating: 2.75* of fiveFive hundred pages of long-face about a pair of star-crossed lovers.They're cousins. Only not really. And it's set in Istanbul in 1975, with excursions to the present.I know more about Istanbul in 1835 than 1975, though the latter is within my own lifespan. (Okay, okay, WELL within my own lifespan.) I like Turkish history because it's so improbable and so full of moments when they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory! I like alternate history so I love those moments wher [...]

    29. This is one of those books that has the most perfect title. There could be no other title for the book.I haven't read anything by Pamuk before reading this, but I am so going to read everything by him.Earlier this year, I read The Dead of Winter by Lisa Appignanesi. Both Pamuk and Appignanesi seem to have tread the same ground. What is the difference between love and obessession? Where, if anywhere outside of physical threats and attacks, does it cross the line? Pamuk does a slightly better job [...]

    30. Aún con el enorme cliché que se carga (chico rico se enamora de chica pobre) me decidí a leer la última novela de Orhan Pamuk pues hasta el momento es un autor que no me ha decepcionado. 648 páginas despues puedo decir con certeza que es una de las mejores novelas que he leído aunque seguramente se debe a que la he tomado en un momento preciso de mi vida (ya veremos si a la relectura sigo opinando igual).El libro puede ser dividido en dos partes, la primera nos narra el desenfrenado amorí [...]

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