The Sympathy of Melancholy: Orhan Pamuk’s SNOW

There is a play on words that gets lost in translation from  Turkish into English. I am by no means a Turkish speaker (as if), and I only discovered it when looking up information about the town in which Orhan Pamuk’s celebrated 2002 book is set. Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 and the citation said that he:

in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.

Well, that is certainly true of Snow. (more…)

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