An enthralling new novel by the Nobel Prize winning author is here.
Orhan Pamuk’s The Red-Haired Woman is a riveting story set in mid 1980s Turkey; a fable of fathers and sons and the desires that come between them.
Penguin presents The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk.
About the book: On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master welldigger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating meter by meter without luck, the two will develop a filial bond neither has known before—not the poor middle-aged bachelor nor the middle-class boy whose father disappeared after being arrested for politically subversive activities. The pair will come to depend on each other and exchange stories reflecting disparate views of the world. But in the nearby town, where they buy provisions and take their evening break, the boy will find an irresistible diversion. The Red-Haired Woman, an alluring member of a traveling theatre company, catches his eye and seems as fascinated by him as he is by her. The young man’s wildest dream will be realized, but when, in his distraction, a horrible accident befalls the welldigger, the boy will flee, returning to Istanbul. Only years later will he discover whether he was in fact responsible for his master’s death and who the red-headed enchantress was.
A beguiling mystery tale of family and romance, of East and West, tradition and modernity, by one of the great storytellers of our time.
About the author: Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. His novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His works have been translated into more than sixty languages.