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Views Read Edit View history. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. As Galip wanders the streets of Istanbul, we get to know many of the city’s different neighborhoods, all with their pamukk ambiance.

Galip finally agrees to meet both of them at a public location, a store called Aladdin’s that figures in much of the narrative.

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We know however, that Celal longs to become someone else as well this is clearly visible from some of his columns – see for example the one titled ‘I Pxmuk Be Myself’.

The main theme of the novel is identity, and it returns on many levels. The plot shows how he gradually changes his identity to become Celal, living in his flat, wearing his clothes and even writing his columns. Is it a modern metropolis, or a dying remnant of the once-great Constantinople?

This page was last edited on 31 Octoberat He dislikes his life as a lawyer, and has envied the successful Celal for years.

It lihro out that Celal and the woman had an affair, and the hero who is calling Galip is the woman’s jealous husband.

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It seems that she prefers to escape from reality to the world of her detective novels, although Galip doesn’t seem to think much of these. Soon after, Celal is shot to death in the street. The Secret Face This article is about an Orhan Pamuk novel. Istanbul ‘s identity as a city, and the identity of the Turkish people. She sleeps during the day, and reads detective novels in the evenings and at night, hardly ever leaving the house.

He suspects that his mero has taken up with her half-brother, a columnist for Milliyet named Celal, and it happens that he is pxmuk missing.

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Galip starts getting mysterious phone calls from one of Celal’s obsessed fans, who displays an astonishing familiarity with the columnist’s writings. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Orhan Pamuk’s Kara Kitap”.

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Galip thinks that by living as Celal he can figure out how Celal thinks and locate both him and his wife, so he takes up residence in Celal’s apartment, wearing his clothes and eventually writing his column. The questions of who we are and whether its possible to change ill we are return on at least two other levels: The story of Galip’s search is interspersed with reprints of Celal’s columns, which are lengthy, highly literate meditations on the city and nnero history.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. For other uses of the term, see Black book disambiguation. Works by Orhan Pamuk. The novel in many cases implies that embracing the former will destroy not just historical and cultural heritage, but also the Turkish people themselves see part where Galip takes the tour of the underground mannequin museum.

The novel libbro with the postmodern twist of the author revealing his presence in the narrative. As such, it is full of stories within the main story, relating to both Turkey’s Ottoman past and contemporary Istanbul.

In an eerie twist, it turns out that the husband has been following Galip around Istanbul in an attempt to find Celal through him, accounting for Galip’s frequent apprehension that he is being watched. Is their culture and identity decaying or only transforming? Should the Turkish people embrace Western European culture, or should they remain true to their heritage?

Galip for example, is clearly not happy with who he is. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Essays and a Story Istanbul: He wanders around the city looking for his clues to her whereabouts.

The question always lingers: His efforts to westernize Turkey have led to mixed results. The story is more concerned with exploring the librro of story-telling as a means of constructing identity than with a straightforward plot.