Silent House is the second novel written by the Nobel Prize-winning writer, Orhan Pamuk.
Summary of the Book
Silent House narrates the story of three siblings who are visiting their dear grandmother in a place called Cennethisar, a modest town near Istanbul. The old family home is by the sea. There are five narrators in the book, narrating different chapters in first-person. The names of the five narrators are Recep, Hasan, Metin, Buyukhanim, and Faruk. The book contains fine-drawn metaphors for tradition, transition and inter-generational tension that exists in the history of Turkish families.
About Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk is a Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author, who was born in Istanbul in 1952. Most of his works often revolve around life in the city of Istanbul and generally explore a theme of lost identity and the conflicts between the Western and the Eastern lifestyles. He has won several awards for his literary works, including the Nobel Prize in the year 2006, the first time it had been awarded to a Turk. He is currently a Professor at the Columbia University, teaching comparative literature and writing. Some of Orhan Pamuk’s other notable works are The Black Book, Silent House, The White Castle, The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist, and My Name is Red.