Fiction Book Club January 2020
“…I don’t want to be a tree, I want to be its meaning….Try to discover who I am from my choice of words and colors…Before my birth time was infinite, after my death time is inexhaustible: I never thought of it before, but I’d be living luminously between two eternities of darkness...”
We will enter in the New Year with the historical philosophical thriller My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. Set out in Istanbul in Protected content , the book is constructed around the fundamental difference of two artistic views, the Eastern stylization rather that realism of seeing, and the Western brilliance of painting in perspective.
Inflation is draining the Sultan's coffers and the decline of the great Ottoman Empire has started. In the middle of the fiscal and political decadence, the Sultan wishes to commemorate the Hegira (Mohammed's migration from Mecca to Medina) by a series of miniature paintings which are going to depict the empire as it seems to the individual eye, completely against the old traditional Eastern artistic view.
Following the killing of one of the new miniaturists, the main character Black, an illustrator himself, is charged with discovering the murderer, who ironically betrays himself by leaving some drawings behind.
Mingling powerful dual antagonistic themes like Identity-Perspective, Creation-Representation, Life/Death-Consciousness, Virtue-Sin, Love/Desire-Greed, the book promises thought provoking gems waiting to be discovered.
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