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By Orhan Pamuk

What occurs inside of us once we learn a unique? and the way does a singular create its detailed results, so particular from these of a portray, a movie, or a poem? during this encouraged, considerate, deeply own ebook, Turkey's Nobel Prize winner explores the paintings of writing, and takes us into the worlds of the reader and the author, revealing their intimate connections. Pamuk attracts on Friedrich Schiller's recognized contrast among "naive" poets-who write spontaneously, serenely, unselfconsciously - and "sentimental" poets: people who are reflective, emotional, wondering, and alive to the artifice of the written note. paying homage to his studying of the cherished novels of his adolescence and varying during the paintings of such writers as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Stendhal, Flaubert, Proust, Mann, and Naipaul, he explores the oscillation among the naive and the reflective, and the hunt for an equilibrium, that lie on the middle the novelist's craft. Orhan Pamuk ponders the novel's visible and sensual power-its skill to conjure landscapes so shiny they could make the here-and-now fade away. during this exploration, he delves into the secrets and techniques of interpreting and writing, and considers the weather of personality, plot, time and environment that compose the "sweet phantasm" of the fictitious international. Like Umberto Eco's Six Walks within the Fictional Woods and Milan Kundera's The artwork of the unconventional, it is a perceptive ebook through one of many smooth masters of the artwork, a identify somebody who has recognized the excitement of turning into immersed in a singular will take pleasure in, and research from.

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To the way art of painting Renaissance, an art based on perspective, established a invention of photography position (aided by the craft of reproduc- tion) across the entire world within the space of four centuries. Just as the way a of fifteenth -century Italian painters and aristocrats saw and depicted the world is now accepted everywhere as the norm, replacing other ways of seeing and depicting, so the idea of fiction disseminated by the novel and popular cinema has been accepted around the globe as a natural thing, and the details of its historical origins have been largely forgotten.

Said the professor. " 44 THE NAIVE AND THE SENTIMENTAL NOVELIST He smiled at his mistake. " Like old men who have reached the point where they can take anything in stride, we smiled at each other for confusing fiction with reality. We sensed that we had fallen under this illusion not because we had forgotten that novels are based on imagination just as much as on fact, but because novels impose this illusion upon readers. And now we also began to perceive that we liked to read novels precisely for this purpose: in order to blend the imaginary with the real.

These differences extend ta aIl of the novelist's heroes. And they form the basis of that novelist's style and signature. "Mr. Pamuk, l have read aIl your books," a woman once said to me in IstanbuL She was approximately the age of my aunt, and had the air of an aunt about her. " Our eyes met. A feeling of guilt and embarrassment came over me, and l thought l understood what she meant. me, the embarrassment l felt at that moment, the implications of her gaze stayed my 50 THE NAIVE AND THE SENTIMENTAL NOVELIST mind as the days passed, and l tried to understand what had confused me.

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