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Snow

Pamuk, Orhan (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Snow


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"Returning to Turkey from exile in the West, Ka is driven by curiosity to investigate a surprising wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head scarves in school. But the epicenter of the suicides, the eastern border city of Kars, is also home to the radiant and newly divorced Ipek, a friend of Ka's youth, whom he has never forgotten and whose spirited younger sister is a leader of the rebellious schoolgirls. As a fierce snowstorm descends on Kars, violence between the military and local Islamic radicals begins to explode, and Ka finds his sympathies drawn in unexpected and dramatic directions."--P. [2] of jacket.
Authors: Pamuk, Orhan, 1952-
Uniform Title: Kar. English
Title: Snow
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2011
Characteristics: xxvii, 460 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Series:
Statement of Responsibility: Orhan Pamuk ; translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely ; with an introduction by Margaret Atwood ; and a postscript by the author
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book."
Translated from the Turkish
Summary: "Returning to Turkey from exile in the West, Ka is driven by curiosity to investigate a surprising wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head scarves in school. But the epicenter of the suicides, the eastern border city of Kars, is also home to the radiant and newly divorced Ipek, a friend of Ka's youth, whom he has never forgotten and whose spirited younger sister is a leader of the rebellious schoolgirls. As a fierce snowstorm descends on Kars, violence between the military and local Islamic radicals begins to explode, and Ka finds his sympathies drawn in unexpected and dramatic directions."--P. [2] of jacket.
Additional Contributors: Freely, Maureen - 1952-
ISBN: 9780307700889
0307700887
Branch Call Number: FICTION PAMUK 2011
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  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I think it's safe to say that Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk is Turkey's greatest living novelist (Go ahead, name another Turkish novelist) and that this is his most famous and well-regarded book. Turkey is a country caught between Europe and the Middle East, between the future and the past, between secularism and Islam and Pamuk eloquently and perceptively captures these tensions in this novel about an exiled poet returning home. The mixture of the political and personal reminded me somewhat of Czech novelists like Kundera and Klima.

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