Title: The White Castle: A Novel [SIGNED + Photo]
Publisher: NY: George Braziller
Publication Date: 1991
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
First U.S. edition, SECOND PRINTING (stated); SIGNED by ORHAN PAMUK directly on the title page (simply signed, not inscribed to anyone); hardback with dustjacket, unread in MINT (Very-Fine/Very-Fine) condition (no marks/flaws, not book-club ed., not price-clipped, etc); comes with a GLOSSY PHOTO of the author at the signing event. A scarce signed copy of the Nobel Prize Winner's first novel to be translated into English. Bookseller Inventory # 9184
Synopsis: Orhan Pamuk proffers a dazzling work of historical and philosophical fiction, set amid the scholarship and savagery of 17th-century Constantinople. When a young Italian scholar is taken prisoner, he becomes the slave and tutor of a Turkish scholar who is his exact double. THE WHITE CASTLE is a triumph of the imagination, as colorful and intricately patterned as a Turkish prayer rug.
From the Inside Flap: 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.
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