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This is a fantastic book by Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk which explores the relationship between art and religion ad between imagery and idolatry Set in the 16th century, we are transported into an Istanbul of the Ottoman empire with a murder mystery told in the voices of the characters and sometimes these are drawings in the books or just concepts that inhabit the story Its primary characters feel very real and the buildup to the big reveal at the end makes the book a real page turner I think that the story told here is still than relevant to our world of today given the problems stemming from reading religious texts word for word and building violent systems of repression or terror based on individual interpretations of those readings Unfortunately, some things have not evolved enough in the last 400 yearsA must read. This book is as much about art as it is a historical novel First the novel A tale of miniaturist painters in Istanbul during the late 1500 s The deceased master s daughter is in a religious and political limbo her soldier husband has been missing for four years, but with no body and no witnesses to his death, she can t get a divorce and move on with her life She wants to find a new husband and a father for her two young boys and get away from the amorous intentions of her husband s brother And there s a murder mystery.Enter a man called Black, an administrator of sorts who has returned to town after twelve years in distant lands He still carries a torch for the beautiful widow from his days as a youth Can he find her father s killer, keep the brother in law at bay, help her get a legal divorce, and win her hand in marriage Along the way we have blended into the text what are really mini essays about horses dogs in the Koran what it s like to be a murderer Satan the path of a counterfeit coin, etc.At least half of this lengthy work is about art I say lengthy because the 500 page paperback I read was tiny type, so this is a 700 or 800 page book in normal font Miniaturist painting was imported into the Ottoman Empire from Persia Most of the painting was done as pictures in books and to illustrate the borders of pages of books, accompanied by elaborate calligraphy Think of the Irish monks manuscripts such as the Book of Kells Ottoman miniaturist painting was highly stylized Pictures were drawn from the viewpoint of Allah, from the top of a minaret, and did not use what the West thinks of as true perspective Armies lined up symmetrically in battle scenes horses always had the same foreleg raised a finger placed in a mouth always represented surprise In accordance with religious concerns about idolatry, faces were generic, not individualized Who would dare place an identifiable individual at the center of a painting Man can copy only Allah can create The painter tried to portray the ideal horse or chair as Allah created it think Plato s ideal chair , not the individual variant before them Is individuality expressed by a traditional miniaturist painter style or a flaw Does it offend God Compare all this to the European masters at the time such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael the Turks called them the Venetians So a lot of the book is about East meets West in the art world All in all, an excellent book from the Nobel Prize winning Pamuk The story kept my interest and I enjoyed learning about Ottoman art, even when the sections where the miniaturists talked about the philosophy behind painting got repetitive at times. Benim Ad m K rm z My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk My Name Is Red Turkish Benim Ad m K rm z is a 1998 Turkish novel by writer Orhan Pamuk translated into English by Erda G knar in 2001 Pamuk would later receive the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature The novel, concerning miniaturists in the Ottoman Empire of 1591, established Pamuk s international reputation and contributed to his Nobel Prize The influences of Joyce, Kafka, Mann, Nabokov and Proust and above all Eco can be seen in Pamuk s work 2010 1389 692 1393 20 1391 594 1392 2006 . On a high version I am called Black, I longed for my dearest Shekure for twelve years I, Shekure, not quite sure what was I doing in this story I am called Butterfly, I was the one who drew the Death and Mia thought I was the murderer I am called Stork, I was the one who drew the Tree and Butterfly always envy me as I was talented without the help from our master I am called Olive, I was the one who rendered the Satan and drew the exquisite horse I am your beloved uncle, I was preparing a book for our Refuge of the World, Our Glorious Sultan before being murdered by one of my apprentice It is I, Master Osman, I wished to follow the path of Master Bihzad who blinded himself with a needle I am Esther, my eyes were eternally at the windows and my ears were eternally to the ground I am a corpse, I was Elegant Effendi before being murdered by a fellow painter I am Mia, I read this book from page 1 to 508 whilst crawling and bleeding to death So please would someone explain wth is this book about Jackie Chan Who am I Sober version Interesting story regarding Istanbul in the 16th century One day I ll visit the amazing Blue Mosque that a good friend of mine, Eddie, always talk about But seriously, though this book is amazing I can t get into it Totally not my rocknrolla thing one of the bule put this book on my desk, got no idea which one though they pointed their fingers to each other lol 5 . My Name is Red is as gorgeous as these illuminations. `FREE EPUB ↜ Benim Adım Kırmızı ☛ At Once A Fiendishly Devious Mystery, A Beguiling Love Story, And A Brilliant Symposium On The Power Of Art, My Name Is Red Is A Transporting Tale Set Amid The Splendor And Religious Intrigue Of Sixteenth Century Istanbul, From One Of The Most Prominent Contemporary Turkish WritersThe Sultan Has Commissioned A Cadre Of The Most Acclaimed Artists In The Land To Create A Great Book Celebrating The Glories Of His Realm Their Task To Illuminate The Work In The European Style But Because Figurative Art Can Be Deemed An Affront To Islam, This Commission Is A Dangerous Proposition Indeed The Ruling Elite Therefore Mustn T Know The Full Scope Or Nature Of The Project, And Panic Erupts When One Of The Chosen Miniaturists Disappears The Only Clue To The Mystery Or Crime Lies In The Half Finished Illuminations Themselves Part Fantasy And Part Philosophical Puzzle, My Name Is Red Is A Kaleidoscopic Journey To The Intersection Of Art, Religion, Love, Sex And Power