CAIRO BOOKS's Description
A New Translation and Afterword by Maureen Freely
Galip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective novel–loving
Ruya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband or Celâl, a
popular newspaper columnist? But Celâl, too, seems to have vanished. As Galip
investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Celâl's identity, wearing
his clothes, answering his phone calls, even writing his columns. Galip pursues
every conceivable clue, but the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and when
he receives a death threat, he begins to fear the worst.
With its cascade of beguiling stories about Istanbul, The Black Book is a
brilliantly unconventional mystery, and a provocative meditation on identity.
For Turkish literary readers it is the cherished cult novel in which Orhan
Pamuk found his original voice, but it has largely been neglected by
English-language readers. Now, in Maureen Freely’s beautiful new translation,
they, too, may encounter all its riches.