Set in the Istanbul of 1591, My Name is Red (1998, 2001) by the 2006 Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk tells a story of love and murder around a secret book of miniature paintings. Winner of the IMPAC 2003 and considered Pamuk’s masterpiece on masterpieces, the novel is a treatise on Islamic art, a historical novel that reflects the sixteenth century Istanbul, and a romance that reflects the forgotten art of miniature painting. Using masterpiece as a concept to frame the novel, this study sheds light on the new perspectives the novel offers on both the concept, but also on the East - West encounters that Pamuk’s work is associated with.
|Keywords:||Framing, Masterpiece, Cultural Analysis, Turkish Literature, East/West Encounters|
Lecturer and PhD Student, The University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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