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He suspects that his wife has taken up with her half-brother, a columnist for Milliyet named Celal, and it happens that he is also missing. Galip thinks that librl living as Celal he can figure out how Celal thinks and locate both him and his wife, so he takes up residence in Celal’s apartment, wearing his clothes and eventually writing his column. The plot shows how he gradually changes his identity to become Celal, living in his flat, wearing his clothes and even writing his columns. The Secret Face Essays and a Story Istanbul: Pages using citations with accessdate and no URL Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles that may contain original research from January All articles that may contain original research.

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Is their culture and identity decaying or only transforming? Is it a modern metropolis, or a dying remnant of the once-great Constantinople? Retrieved from ” https: Istanbul ‘s identity as a city, and the identity of the Turkish people. It turns out that Celal and the woman had an affair, and the fan who is calling Galip is the woman’s jealous husband. The novel in many cases implies that embracing the former will destroy not just historical and cultural heritage, but also the Turkish people themselves see part where Galip takes the tour of the underground mannequin museum.


The story is more concerned with exploring the nature of story-telling as a means of constructing identity than with a straightforward plot.

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The main theme of the novel is identity, and it returns on many levels. Works by Orhan Pamuk. In an eerie twist, it turns out that the husband has been following Galip around Istanbul in an attempt to find Celal through him, accounting for Galip’s frequent apprehension that he is being watched.

For other uses of the term, see Black book disambiguation. It seems that she prefers to escape from reality to the world of her detective novels, although Galip doesn’t seem to think much of these. The questions of who we are and whether its possible to change who we are return on at least two other levels: She sleeps during the day, and reads detective novels in the evenings and at night, hardly ever leaving the house.

The story of Galip’s search is interspersed with reprints of Celal’s columns, which are lengthy, highly literate meditations on the city and its history.

Should the Turkish people embrace Western European culture, or should they remain true to their heritage? This strange lifestyle can imply that she is also not satisfied with who she is, or how her life turned out, but perhaps she does not consciously think about it, or admit it to herself.

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The novel ends with the postmodern twist of the author revealing his presence in the narrative. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. His efforts to westernize Turkey have led to mixed results. As Galip wanders the streets of Istanbul, we get to know many of the city’s different neighborhoods, all with their distinct ambiance.

Views Read Edit View history. This is a city were East and West, antiquity and the modern, Islam and the secular, the rich and the poor, the pashas and the peasants are all present. This section possibly contains original research. This article needs additional citations for verification.


The identity of the killer is never discovered for certain. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.

Galip nnero agrees to meet both of them at a public location, a store called Aladdin’s that figures in much of the narrative. He wanders around the city looking for his clues to her whereabouts.

The questions of Turkish national identity are referenced several times, in relation mainly to the perceived westernization of Turkish society.

Galip for example, is clearly not happy with who he is. This article is about an Orhan Pamuk novel. This page was last edited on 31 Octoberat Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Galip starts getting mysterious phone calls from one of Celal’s obsessed fans, who displays an astonishing familiarity with the columnist’s writings.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As such, it is full of stories within the main story, relating to both Turkey’s Ottoman past and contemporary Istanbul. Soon after, Celal is shot to death in the street. The question always lingers: Orhan Pamuk’s Kara Kitap”. Init was translated into English again by Maureen Freely. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. He dislikes his life as a lawyer, and has envied the successful Celal for years.

We know however, that Celal longs to become someone else as well this is clearly visible from some of his columns – see for example the one titled ‘I Must Be Myself’.

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