‘Every turn in the story seems fresh, disquieting, utterly unexpected … spellbindingly told.’ Washington Post
It is a perfect spring day in Istanbul. Kemal, a wealthy heir, is about to become engaged to the aristocratic Sibel when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl. He falls in love and finds his established world of westernised families, opulent parties, society gossip and dining-room rituals is shattered.
‘This haunting novel of memory, desire and loss sets a ferociously high standard for the literary fiction of the new decade.’ Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
‘Pamuk has created a work concerning romantic love worthy to stand in the company of Lolita, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.’ Financial Times
‘Sharply observant … with fascinating insights into a society tugged between East and West.’ Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
‘Deeply affecting.’ Irish Times