Orhan Pamuk's most famous novel, set amid the artistic splendour and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, is a fantastical tale of romance and murder propelled by the philosophical puzzle at its core.
Orhan Pamuk, one of the world's major living novelists, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. My Name is Red, which met with rave reviews, is the novel that first made his international reputation.
It embraces detective fiction, artistic disquisition and
psychological thriller. Above all, the reader is treated to an
extraordinary plangent lament for principles of craftsmanship which
history has buried and which fashion does not value. * Independent
on Sunday *
Far from being a mere "historical novel", it has unforgettable narrative drive that unites past and present, as well as the high art with popular appeal which has made Pamuk into Turkey's greatest living writer. * The Guardian *