Archive for history

The White Castle

Published in 1985 by the Nobel-winning Orhan Pamuk as his first historical novel, The White Castle probes into the ambiguity of identity and the East-West relation. A young Venice scholar, who in the 17th century sailed to Naples but was captured and put into the Istanbul slave market, met an Ottoman academic – Hoja – the master who would later brought up the idea of swapping their identities. It resembles the situation facing Turkey when confronting the Western culture where a sense of mixed jealousy and anxiety arises. It is especially insightful at a time when Turkey is striving to become a member of the European Union but would inevitably be accused of not being her true self. The White Castle was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 1990 and cemented the author’s status as a major writer.

The White Castle
by
Orhan Pamuk
Faber and Faber
Paperback
Condition: Good
Flow Price: HK$58

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment »

A Very Long Engagement

Set in the devastating First World War where human lives were insignificant and slaughtered, A Very Long Engagement shows us the picture behind the front line. The tenacious Mathilde chased after every possible clue leading to repudiating the report that his dear fiancé Manech was dead along with other four ill-fated soldiers. A detective mystery in the guise of a love story, it tells readers one of the many painful tales that might be lost in the dirt and filth of history. The translation is smooth and natural. Long though it is, this work of fiction is still compelling and enjoyable.

A Very Long Engagement
by
Sebastien Japrisot
Virgin Book
Paperback
Condition: Good
Flow Price: HK$52

Leave a comment »