The Museum of Innocence


Review by Sophia Vassilacos

I come from Greece and I must say that I adored every word of the "The Museum of Innocence" by Orhan Pamuk. I look forward to visit myself the Museum of Innocence, a museum I believe will be one of the most enchanting ones in our aggressive world.

Please allow me to add that there is a similar museum in Athens, Greece the Katakouzenos House Museum, which opened in 2008 by a small team of volunteers and is still operated by them (please visit for more info).

This museum used to be the house of a famous Greek neurologist, Angelos Katakouzenos and his wife for fifty years, Leto. Further to his significant professional activity, Dr. Katakouzenos was involved in many cultural activities (he was, for example, one of the founders of the Hellenic-American Union) and befriended a number of prominent US individuals (as diverse as William Faulkner or the ex-Vice President of the USA Hubert Hamphrey).

The couple, but especially Leto, were oftentimes the hosts to members of the European intelligentsia of their time (including Albert Camus, Eugene Ionesco and the Nobel prize winners poets George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis), artists (such as Marc Chagall) and writers (such as Arthur Miller ).

I hope I'm not too much of a dreamer in expecting that one day even Mr. Pamuk himself will honour us with a visit to the Katakouzenos House Museum.

15 May 2012, Sophia Vassilacos


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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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