The White Castle Author:Orhan Pamuk Winner of the 1990 "Independent" Award for foreign fiction. — A young Italian scholar, captured by pirates between Venice and Naples, is put up for auction at the Istanbul slave market. A Turkish savant, eager to learn about scientific and intellectual advances in the West, acquires him to work on projects to entertain the jaded Sultan. Each app... more »ropriates the past, the sins and secrets of the other.
Then, with an unwieldy war engine on which the Turk's last hope of success depends, master and slave set off with the Sultan's army on a campaign against the Poles. They attempt to storm The White Castle . . .
'The White Castle is an elegant and important meditation on East and West. Comparisons with Kafka and Calvino do not exaggerate; their seriousness, their delicacy and their subtlety are everywhere in evidence. ' Independent
'A new star has risen in the East- Orhan Pamuk. "The White Castle" is one of those rare novels that call into being a complete and self-sustaining world shot through with a particular brilliance.' New York Times« less