Patrick Parrinder

  • The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Güneli Gün
    Faber, 400 pp, £14.99, July 1995, ISBN 0 571 16892 2

A winter evening in Istanbul in the late Seventies. Political murders, disappearances and torture are daily events, and a military coup seems to be in the offing. Galip, a young lawyer whose speciality is defending political prisoners, returns home to find that his wile Rüya has left him. His instinctive response is to pretend that nothing has happened – Rüya is simply too ill to leave the apartment or come to the telephone. He then begins to scour the city looking for her.

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