He then ensconced himself in his mother's home in Istanbul for the next eight years and wrote several novels without being able to publish a single line. I had no friends,' recalls Pamuk. In other words, I didn't live. I lived under my mother's roof and didn't earn a penny. He broke out of his self-imposed isolation and alongside Yasar Kemal counts as one of his country's most significant authors.
Snow by Orhan Pamuk - Words | Help Me
Byzantium, a city built by Greek colonists to Constantinople, the capital of an empire and then Istanbul, Istanbul has seen almost everything. The zenith of civilization to the ruinous city ravaged by war and political chaos; Each time an empire fell; a new one was born from its ruins giving the people another chance at life, and this cycle continued and still continues. This constant struggle brings with it sorrow; sorrow of the loss of loved ones, sorrow of the loss of culture and sorrow of the fall of another empire and hope, hope of a new life, a restart. This feeling is unlike any other, and every citizen of Istanbul , new or old is afflicted by it, no matter which district they belong to, and through Istanbul: Memories and the City, …show more content… This aspect of Huzun stems from the fact that Istanbul is a city of two worlds, the junction of the east and the west. The two sides of the river are like two sides of a coin, each different than the other, yet part of the same existence. The people could neither relate to the people of the east, nor the people of west, the city of Istanbul was its own isolated community. A major origin of Huzun for Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul Memories and the City was the cultural clash that had engulfed the entire city.
Orhan Pamuks’s Istanbul: Memories of a City
Snow By Orhan Pamuk. Reviewed by Mark L. Muslim rage, Pamuk wrote, results from a deep sense of inferiority about the backward condition of life in Islamic countries. Christian civilization.?
Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His Sons and The Black Book , in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi. As he writes in his autobiographical book Istanbul , from his childhood until the age of 22 he devoted himself largely to painting and dreamed of becoming an artist. After graduating from the secular American Robert College in Istanbul, he studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University for three years, but abandoned the course when he gave up his ambition to become an architect and artist. He went on to graduate in journalism from Istanbul University, but never worked as a journalist. At the age of 23 Pamuk decided to become a novelist, and giving up everything else retreated into his flat and began to write.