Sarah A Smith

Love Recollected

The Museum of Innocence

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With a body of work that spans European postmodernism, the historical thriller and an analysis of political Islam, it is difficult to think of a living writer with more literary ambition than Turkey’s Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. At first sight then, The Museum of Innocence is a surprise: a tragic love story that looks, in the most straightforward terms, at ‘the question of what it means to be a man or a woman in our part of the world’. 

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