Silent House

Silent House In an old mansion in Cennethisar formerly a fishing village now a posh resort near Istanbul the old widow Fatma awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren Faruk a dissipated failed historia

  • Title: Silent House
  • Author: Orhan Pamuk
  • ISBN: 9780307744838
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • In an old mansion in Cennethisar formerly a fishing village, now a posh resort near Istanbul the old widow Fatma awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren Faruk, a dissipated failed historian his sensitive leftist sister, Nilgun and the younger grandson, Metin, a high school student drawn to the fast life of the nouveaux riches, who dreams of going to AmericIn an old mansion in Cennethisar formerly a fishing village, now a posh resort near Istanbul the old widow Fatma awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren Faruk, a dissipated failed historian his sensitive leftist sister, Nilgun and the younger grandson, Metin, a high school student drawn to the fast life of the nouveaux riches, who dreams of going to America The widow has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idealistic young doctor, first arrived to serve the poor fishermen Now mostly bedridden, she is attended by her faithful servant Recep, a dwarf and the doctor s illegitimate son Mistress and servant share memories, and grievances, of those early years But it is Recep s cousin Hassan, a high school dropout, and fervent right wing nationalist, who will draw the visiting family into the growing political cataclysm, in this spell binding novel depicting Turkey s tumultuous century long struggle for modernity.Translated by Robert Finn

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    1. I liked this - almost as much as "The Museum of Innocence", which is still my favorite Orhan Pamuk novel. but it's close. ( it's a smaller book - less 'dense' than other Pamuk books I've read-- each chapter is short). Right from the start the dialogue between the cranky old grandmother and Recep - her FRICKIN SLAVE HORSE -- a Saint to boot-is a dwarf. making the visuals of the dialogue all the more hysterically crazy-funny.( shaking your head: "you've got to be kidding"). Recep is a bastard of h [...]

    2. Originally published in Turkey in 1983 and now translated into English for the first time, Silent House (Knopf) is Orhan Pamuk's second novel. Although the Nobel Prize-winner makes no direct mention of the historical relevance of the book in the text itself, his story takes place roughly one month before the September 12, 1980 Turkish coup d'état, in which the Chief of the General Staff General Kenan Evren and the Turkish Armed Forces restored order after violence had broken out between right-l [...]

    3. Turkey’s on-going modernization, real estate boom, and politics are the focus of this story, set in a small Turkish seaside city, we guess, around the 1970’s. The book was originally published in Turkey in 1983. The plot is that three adult grandchildren make their obligatory annual summer visit to their 90 year-old grandmother. The grandmother is crotchety and demanding especially to her live-in servant whom she alternately calls “the dwarf” or “the bastard,” the latter because he i [...]

    4. Sessiz Ev: roman = Silent House, 1980, Orhan Pamuk (1952)عنوانها: خانه خاموش؛ خانه تاریک؛ خانه سکوت؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم نوامبر سال 2008 میلادیعنوان: خانه خاموش؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ مترجم: محمد فهیمی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، چشمه، 1386، در 467 ص، شابک: 9789643623999؛ موضوع: داستانهای نو [...]

    5. önce şunu not edeyim çünkü sürekli kıyasa gideceğim gibi bir his var içimde; bugüne kadar okuduğum diğer orhan pamuk romanları: kara kitap, yeni hayat, beyaz kale.'in verdiği tarihlere göre 14 günde okumuşum kitabı ama sorsanız bana 4 gün gibi geliyor. diğerlerine göre çok daha akıcı çünkü. aslında şu an yaz tatilinde bir öğrenci olsam zaten bırakın dördü, iki günde bitirirdim. kara kitap'ı ve yeni hayat'ı okurken yaşadığınız o kitapla "dövüşme" his [...]

    6. When I first started reading Orhan Pamuk's books I really struggledand ended up abandoning Snow and My Name Is Read!!!!!!!It just seemed to complex and I couldn't follow at all really.But after reading Museum Of Innocence I really enjoyed this bookand started to feel I was understanding this great writers work.Now I have finished Silent House.which I really loved!Now I really do want to go back and read his books that i have abandoned.Silent House just captivated me!The characters were really in [...]

    7. I must be missing something vital - in translation? in theme? Because this was the second book of Orhan Pamuk in as many weeks that I had zero (possibly negative) appreciation for. Granted, this is a translation of a very old book and Snow is a fairly recent graduate of the Pamuk alum. But, many of the themes that bothered me in Snow, bothered me here too. I'll come to that in a minute.Silent House is a story of a Turkish family headed by an old (highly loathsome) grandmother, Fatma. She's ill a [...]

    8. The book was almost painful to read. A clash between the westernized intelligentsia and the nationalist poor, accompanied by sexual tensions, ends up in violence and death. Everybody wishes well, but everybody hurts everybody else. And upstairs stays a vicious traditionalist ninety-years old grandmother who rejects everything and everybody.

    9. Pamuk has tried to explore the conflicts between religious and secular, nationalist and communist of Turkey through the story of an old lady and her grandchildren. But this work lacks the depth with which Pamuk wrote Snow thirty years later with a similar theme. Characters in Snow express opinions to explain which ideology they belong to clearly. But the people of Silent House are just blasphemous to prove their secularity.

    10. کتاب عالی هستفقط به صبر نیاز دارهتوی 10 صفحه اخر اندازه 300 صفحه حرف هست.داستان 5 راوی اصلی داشت. رجب،فاطمه،فاروق،متین و حسن.شیوه نگارش پاموک در خانه خاموش مبتنی بر تک‌گویی درونی چند راوی است. پاموک در این رمان، از چند راوی برای روایت داستان استفاده کرده و روایت این چند راوی را ب [...]

    11. i enjoyed this book tremendously. a few hours from instanbul, in what used to be country-side but is now a posh sea town, an elderly widow lives in a decrepit old house. the book is set in 1980 (though this date is never mentioned in the book; the book was published in 1983) and takes place during the days in which fatma’s grandchildren pay her their annual visit. the eldest is a university professor in history, the second oldest a university student and the youngest a high schooler. the narra [...]

    12. This is a very well written book with extremely real characters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Appreciated maybe - It's a journey into nothingness and futility, anger spite & fear. I felt like I needed a wash afterwards. I found the Grandmother's vicious point of view particularly difficult to read. Almost as bleak as a Cormac McCarthy, but more believable - *shudders*. I read the drunken rage and rape driving scenes with a kind of fascinated horror, needing to put the book down but forced t [...]

    13. Писан в периода между 1980 и 1983 година, вторият роман на Орхан Памук – „Безмълвният дом”, е актуален повече от всякога за случващото се в днешна Турция. На фона на изнурено семейство Нобеловият лауреат за литература разглежда под микроскоп основните проблеми, които според н [...]

    14. لم يكف أورهان باموق عن الثرثرة على لسان شخصياته في روايته الشيقة البيت الصامت على مدى 456 صفحة والتي أنجزها بعد روايتيه (العتمة والنور) و(جودت بك وأبنائه) وقد نال عليها جائزة الاكتشاف الأوربي عام 1991 بعد ترجمتها للغة الفرنسية تنبيه : تجاوز هذه المراجعة حتى لا تفسد أحداث الرواية [...]

    15. I kind of hovered between rating this 3 and 4 stars, but I realized I was leaning towards 3 because I am completely ignorant of Turkish history and politics, and so not fair to penalize the author for my own gap.An interesting read which reminded me a little bit of Naguib Mahfouz's fiction. Pamuk gives us multiple narrators to tell us the story of Turkey and its 20th century struggles as the border state between Europe and the Muslim nations of the middle east. A pity that I don't know the histo [...]

    16. I don't know why I waited so long to revisit Orhan Pamuk! Both My Name is Red and Snow have stayed with me for many years. The conflicts of an extended family in Silent House mirror the political and social world of 1980 Turkey. Pamuk is especially brilliant at capturing the self-destructive psyche of the male cousins. A terrifying and sad novel.

    17. "Silent House" is an early novel by Nobel recipient Orhan Pamuk. Compared to his more famous work, it is more straightforward than "My Name is Red", which harnesses its setting in early Ottoman Istanbul and its self-conscious virtuosity to a mystery that rarely seems to be the novelist's focus. "Silent House" shares the historical setting of "The Museum of Innocence", the politically-riven Turkey of the eighties. Nationalism is on the rise, and an Army coup is around the corner. But unlike "The [...]

    18. I spent several weeks reading Orhan Pamuk’s Silent House. Pamuk’s books are dense and difficult, but well worth the effort, if one measures this by those “aha” moments occasionally triggered by great literature.Silent House is Pamuk’s second novel, first published in 1983. On the surface, it’s the story of a single family. In her second floor room, in the old house in a seaside village where she has spent her adult life, a frail ninety year old widow awaits the annual visit of her th [...]

    19. "منزل السكون" أو "منزل الصمت" كما النسخة العربية المترجمة، هي أول رواية أقرأها لأورهان باموق، الروائي التركي الحائزعلى جائزة نوبل للآداب عام 2006. كل ما يسعني قوله تلخيصّا هو أنّ باموق كاتب روائي خمس نجوم يتمتع بنفس دوستويفسكي عالي الجودة. قرأت هذه الرواية بالفرنسية والترجمة ا [...]

    20. I was a bit uncertain of the rating for this book. However, I landed on 4* out of 5 mostly because I rather enjoyed it. This despite the fact that the alternating voices, perspectives and even tenses were confusing at times. Most of the voices - there was never any warning - I could quickly and easily tell apart, but the two teenage boys, Metin and Hasan were a bit difficult every now and then. Purposely so, the translator tells me at the end of the book.Hasan and Metin are related, although the [...]

    21. "La casa del silenzio" è una casa che sa di stantio, di polvere e di muffa. E' una casa triste, sola. E' la casa di Fatma, una nonnina di 90 anni, bisbetica, petulante, una casa che risuona del suo livore nei confronti del marito alcolista e attivista politico; è la casa di Recep, il nano; è la casa dei tre nipoti che giungono di tanto in tanto a trovarla. E' la casa di Faruk, il maggiore, un uomo che beve per sfuggire alla noia e alla ex moglie; è la casa di Nilgun, una studentessa attivist [...]

    22. "لا يمكنكِ أن تبدئي حياة جديدة، ولكن، إذا كان بيدكِ كتاب، مهما كان هذا الكتاب معقدًا وشائكًا، يمكن أن تعودي إلى بداية الكتاب المنتهي، وتقرئينه من جديد، لفهم الغامض والحياة، أليس كذلك يا فاطمة؟" بلاغة النهاية!رواية الشخصيات! اصوات مختلفة بتوجهاتها وبنزعاتها النفسيةرواية تعب [...]

    23. "Pentru ca, asa cum aveam sa cuget cu mult mai tarziu, in timp ce stau aici, in pat, odata sfarsita, viata- calatoria aceea cu trasura pe care n-o faci decat o singura data- nu mai poate fi luata de la capat, insa daca ai o carte in mana, oricat de complicata si de incalcita ar fi ea, poti sa te intorci daca vrei, cand o ispravesti, la primele pagini, pentru a incerca sa deslusesti ceea ce ti s-a parut de nepatruns si pentru a pricepe insasi viata, nu-i asa, Fatma?"

    24. Ένα μυθιστόρημα που μέσα από τις αναμνήσεις ενενήντα χρόνων της κεντρικής ηρωϊδας παρουσιάζεται η αέναη προσπάθεια της γεφύρωσης του χάσματος Ανατολής – Δύσης. Την ίδια στιγμή τα υπόλοιπα πρόσωπα του περιβάλλοντός της, μέσα από τις αφηγήσεις των περιγράφουν την κατάστασ [...]

    25. This book is a collection of representations and parallels. Pamuk draws lines between the oppressed and dominant across several groups: women/men; East/West; religious/atheist; poor/rich; educated/superstitious. He writes a series of chapters from each of the character’s perspectives and through these we learn about and sympathize with them individually as well as begin to understand the tapestry that is their world. Fatma is a great icon for the religious East. As a young girl she married Sel [...]

    26. One of the background themes of The Prisoner of Heaven was the ongoing conflict between nationalist/fascist and socialist/communist ideologies in Spain in the middle of the twentieth century. History class in Canada focuses on fascism almost exclusively as seen in World War II. It elides over the Spanish Civil War (I’ve had to remedy that on my own time). It mentions Mussolini in passing as a buddy of Hitler’s rather than a fascist dictator in his own right. And everything after World War II [...]

    27. This novel was Orhan Pamuk’s second, written and originally published in 1983, but it was much more recently finally translated into English. The story involves an extended family living a short distance from Istanbul where the now deceased grandfather was “exiled” for political reasons. The time of the narrative is in the late 1970’s, shortly before a period of political rebellion, and tension is in the air. The events described occur during one week when the aged grandmother’s grandc [...]

    28. Algures na Turquia, próximo de Istambul, numa terra à beira-mar chamada Forte-Paraíso mora Fatma. Fatma é uma víuva nonagenária que serve de eixo a esta narrativa. Vive com um anão, Redjep, que para além seu criado, é também filho bastardo do seu defunto marido. Tudo isto numa casa que outrora foi nova, mas agora nem por isso Todos os anos no Verão, os seus três netos vêem a Forte-Paraíso passar alguns dias de férias. Faruk, o mais velho, divorciado, parece querer seguir as pisada [...]

    29. Turkey as a polyphonic narration, as a multitude of ideas and desires. (The concordance of this notion with Indians' notions of India is the reason why Pamuk sells a lot here.)Patchily done. Almost juvenile at times in its experimental vigour, although extracting, in some places, traces of a genius that Pamuk would later come to wield at will.The heart of Pamuk's best novels - the return of the exiled man, or a man's quest / search for a woman, or both of these together, as in Snow and My Name i [...]

    30. لا أعرف من أين أبدأ الرواية كانت صامتة (!) ورتيبة جداً وتحوي كماً هائلاً من الأفكار الفلسفبة التي ولا بد أنها تؤرق كاتب الرواية نفسه الشخصيات كانت متباينة وتملك كل منها جنونها الخاص لفت انتباهي شخصيتي متين وحسن هذان المراهقان الطموحان بجنون والذي يعاني كل منهما عقدة النقص [...]

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