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Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk
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Oct 04, 2022 | ISBN 9780525656890

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A New Yorker Best Book of the Year

Nights of Plague, Pamuk’s 11th — and longest — novel, is a real book about an imaginary place, Mingheria, an island in the eastern Mediterranean between Crete and Cyprus…Like William Faulkner, who provided a map of his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Pamuk places a map of Mingheria (capital: Arkaz) at the beginning of his book…Like works by Albert Camus, Daniel Defoe and Alessandro Manzoni  (whose “The Betrothed” provides an epigraph), this is a plague narrative, a record of Mingheria’s deadly yearlong ordeal…But “Nights of Plague” is also an origin story, an account of how a proud island nation achieved its sovereignty… A story that should resonate loudly with the current pandemic. . . . Thrilling.” –Steven G. Kellman, Los Angeles Times

“As it pivots between saga and satire, mystery and pseudo-history…[Pamuk] shows nous, charm and cunning as he keeps his bulky cargo afloat and on the move. If this generous hybrid of epidemic soap opera and novel of ideas has becalmed patches, it stirs the senses and flexes the mind. You will be sad to leave lavishly imagined Mingheria, where ‘a view of the sea and a trace of its scent’ can always ‘make life seem worth living again’.” –Boyd Tonkin, The Spectator
“One of the most interesting books I’ve read this year…[Pamuk] flout[s] the normal rules of storytelling…And yet none of these infringements of literary convention seems to matter much when set against the exuberance of Pamuk’s invention…a compendium of literary experiments, ludic, audacious, exasperating and entertaining.” –Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Guardian

“Deftly blending rich realism and wry social commentary, Turkish Nobel laureate Pamuk…delivers an invented history that leverages the all-too-familiar experience of a deadly pandemic to return to one of his cherished topics: Ottoman bureaucratic and social reform…Pamuk is always a must-read, and the potency and timeliness of this novel will stir even more interest.” –Brendan Driscoll, Booklist (starred review)

“Consistently captivating … the cracking narrative will keep readers in for the long haul.” Publishers Weekly

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