Book review by Dr. Swatii Chandak
Edited by Divyajyot Joshi
A maliciously conniving ambiguity, a captivating tale of love, and a dazzling convention regarding the clout of knack with the ingredients of both; historical fiction and a murder mystery.
My Name Is Red is a carrying saga amidst the magnificence and pious secrecy of sixteenth-century Istanbul. It is written by Orhan Pamuk, one of the brilliantly blatant contemporary Turkish writers.
My Name is Red gives its readers a glimpse of the eternity and an excursion into a surreal realm. It is the story of a Sultan who bespoke a squad of the much admired artisans around his kingdom, to coin a vast manuscript revealing the grandeur of his jurisdiction. Around 1591 (according to the sculpture at the end of the book), the thriller sets up the pace of the story that revolves around the mysterious death of a master miniaturist in the Sultan’s court.
As exposed in the first chapter, though the reasons are left for the later parts. An intriguing read from the very start!
What follows next is a multi layered voyage connecting the various variables of art, love, and power.
My fascination for this particular book is its subtle resonance with the works of Franz Kafka and Haruki Murakami. But even for the neo-reader this book could be just as well captivating, given its brilliant narration and writing.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A wanderer in search of love and light with the help of words!