The Museum of Innocence


Review by Berna

I could hardly read the last pages of the novel because I was crying so hard. I just could not keep myself from crying, it is difficult to explain why. It touched me... Pamuk's work always does, his craftsmanship, how he brings together, the million pieces that he collects and then sews together into a beautiful whole. His meticulousness... his patience like the miniaturists he describes in “My Name is Red”. Yet, I have never had this reaction to a novel before.

I have observed that artists as they age refine their work. Maybe Pamuk is beginning his refinement. Maybe that realization made me cry so hard. Not because refined is better, I still think no book of Pamuk can compare with his “Black Book”. It is just a different level in mastership, that is where I feel he is going.

For me reading novels is a confirmation of life itself. And maybe as authors age they become better masters of life.


15 Jan 2009, Berna


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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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