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Friday, January 11, 2013

"Distant Relations" by Orhan Pamuk-Project 196 Turkey

"Distant Relations" by Orhan Pamuk (2009, 5 pages)

Project 196

Country 20 of 196
Orhan Pamuk

  1. Georgia 
  2. Canada
  3. U. S. A.
  4. The Republic of Korea
  5. Antigua and Barbuda 
  6. Haiti
  7. Trinidad and Tobago 
  8. Ukraine
  9. Cameroon
  10. Botswana
  11. Sudan
  12. Dominica 
  13. Israel
  14. Syria
  15. Ethiopia
  16. Zimbabwe
  17. Peru
  18. Chile
  19. South Africa
  20. Turkey
Project 196, my attempt to read and post on a short story from all 196 countries of the world is now ten percent complete.    The final ten percent will not be so easy to find!

So far I have posted for the project on stories by Nobel Laureates from Peru, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and the USA.   Today I will be posting on a very good story by Orhan Pamuk, from Turkey, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006.   (There is a good author biography on his official web site.) 

"Distant Relations", set the author's birthplace Istanbul, is a very good story that compresses a great deal in a few pages.  The story is told in the first person by a young man from a very wealthy family with ties to the old Turkish nobility.   He is about to marry, as his parents keep telling him over and over, a woman from a very good family.  He is an executive in the family business.   We learn quite a bit about his family life and about his relationship to his girl friend.   One day he is walking past a shop, owned by a distant relative and he decides to go in.   He meets the shop worker, also a distant relative, and finds the young woman very attractive.  He buys an expensive purse for his finance.   He gives it to her expecting a big reaction only to have her say "It is a fake".   She tells him he must take it back to the shop and get his money back.  Now the story really gets interesting and as this story can be read in the free archives of The New Yorker and I will let you discover what happens if you like.

I enjoyed this story a lot.  It was translated from Turkish by Maureen Freely.

You can read it here.


@parridhlantern said...

Only January the 11th & 10% complete bodes well for the rest.

Mel u said...

Parrish. The last 20 percent will be a challenge

CHE said...

My Name is Red is on my to-read list for this year so I was interested in Pamuk's writing. Just read Distant Relations and I enjoyed it very much indeed. Now I'm really looking forward to MNIR. Thank you for this Mel.

Deniz Bevan said...

Wow, what a great idea for a reading project! Thanks for linking to Pamuk's story - I didn't know it was available online.

Mel u said...

Che-really glad you liked the story

Deniz Bevan-thanks so much for your comments and visits-I hope you will return