The Museum of Innocence



The Museum of Innocence is the latest novel written by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, published on August, 2008.

Pamuk has been working on the novel for many years and it has been hinted by himself in many interviews during this period. “The story, which takes place in Istanbul between 1975 and today, is about obsessive passion and the great question: What is love, really?” says the writer, in a Spiegel interview back in 2007.

Orhan Pamuk is also trying to establish an actual museum based on the novel, in Cukurcuma - Istanbul, to exhibit several objects mentioned in The Museum of Innocence.

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"In the 1990s, when my books began to be published in Europe, I began to be invited to conferences and on promotional tours.... At that time when I had an hour to spare, I began to visit museums. And I'm not talking about the Louvre or the British Museum, but of the little ones, where one loses a sense of time. [M]y absolute favorite, the one that influenced me the most, is the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan..."

Continues... 09 Jul 2013, Star Meyer

I picked this book up in a charity shop as I needed something to read. At times I felt impatient with the story, but it drew me in. I was so annoyed with Kemal and to be honest, with Fusun too. But there was so much of interest - the East/West tensions in Istanbul for example and the family relationships. Also, the culture of the bourgeoisie in Turkey. I was amazed to discover there actually is a museum and feel compelled to go.

Link 14 May 2013, Jane Ball

When I began this novel I nearly wept with joy at the perfection of it. The way he describes the objects of their daily lives and the beauty of them was fabulous. Up until about half way through I was enthralled.

Continues... 09 May 2013, Fiona Macandrew


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You may start with the Wikipedia article about Orhan Pamuk to get more information on the writer of this book.

Orhan Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. You may read his Nobel Lecture: My Father's Suitcase

The official site of the writer is located at

The official site of “The Museum of Innocence” is located at (in Turkish).

Pamuk describes the relation between the novel and the museum as “The museum is not an illustration of the novel and the novel is not an explanation of the museum. They are two representations of one single story perhaps.” in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Pamuk is writing a series of articles, discussing the literary, philosophical and personal backgrounds of the novel and his thoughts on other great novels about love. These articles will also be linked here.

This section will be updated as more resources are available about the book.

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