Translated by Ekin Oklap
Published by Faber & Faber
A Strangeness in My Mind is the story of boza seller Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years' worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul. In the four decades between 1969 and 2012, Mevlut works a number of different jobs on the streets of Istanbul, from selling yoghurt and cooked rice to guarding a car park. He observes many different kinds of people thronging the streets, he watches most of the city get demolished and re-built, and he sees migrants from Anatolia making a fortune; at the same time, he witnesses all of the transformative moments, political clashes, and military coups that shape the country. He always wonders what it is that separates him from everyone else - the source of that strangeness in his mind. But he never stops selling boza during winter evenings and trying to understand who his beloved really is. What matters more in love: what we wish for, or what our fate has in store? Do our choices dictate whether we will be happy or not, or are these things determined by forces beyond our control? A Strangeness In My Mind explores these questions while portraying the tensions between urban life and family life, and the fury and helplessness of women inside their homes.
Orhan Pamuk is the author of many celebrated books, including The White Castle, Black Book, Istanbul and Snow. In 2003, he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent novel, The Museum of Innocence, was an international bestseller, praised in the Guardian as 'an enthralling, immensely enjoyable piece of storytelling.' Orhan Pamuk’s work has been translated into over 60 languages. In spring 2012, his Museum of Innocence opened in Istanbul, where he lives.
Ekin Oklap was born in Izmir, Turkey, and grew up in Italy. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2012, she translated Orhan Pamuk's The Innocence of Objects. She lives in London, where she works as a literary agent.