The story of the Novel 'MY NAME IS RED' revolves around the Turkey of sixteenth century. At first look it seems to be a historical novel. In fact it is a novel with a very old subject, the subject of art lovers and the kings. But Orhan Pamuk narrates the subject as a recent one.
The gist of the story is that certain communities try blocking the modernity in every field of life. Those who fail to obey the iron-handed rules have to suffer. Even the artists are prevented doing their work, even beheaded, for disobeying the so-called religious truth.
In 'MY NAME IS RED' there are number of point of views and several story tellers. But that has barely affected the flow of narrative: Orhan Pamuk is such a master of keeping the continuity. Primarily the novel walks around the life of the miniature artists living in Istanbul of late sixteenth century. But it depicts all types of human follies and demonstrates how the negative forces sway over the positive ones.
Narrative techniques Orhan Pamuk displays in the novel justifies the unmatched respect he has received from the literary circle and the readership. His writing is bound to attract the attention of the people living in Turkey, the country of his origin, and all around the world. He was duly respected by the Nobel Prize given to him.
He loves his country, Turkey, in general and the city of Istanbul in particular where he has passed most of his life. Orhan Pamuk praises the city of Istanbul for its unmatched history of arts and the human tragedies the wars had given to the people of city. "MY NAME IS RED" a novel a person having modern thoughts must read You can read more reviews of novels and
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