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Book Review: A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

By Sameer Rahim   November 2015

Faber, £20615SRES+QlL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

In his last novel, The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk (interview on page 72) told a story of romantic obsession among Istanbul’s elite. His new work, A Strangeness in My Mind, tells a story of romantic obsession at the other end of the social scale. At a wedding in his home town in eastern Turkey, Mevlut sees a beautiful girl. He is smitten and begins writing her love letters. He arranges an elopement; but is shocked to discover he has run away with the wrong sister. Was he fooled…

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