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At a family wedding Mevlut catches sight of a girl with whom he falls in love. After a secret courtship of letters passed via his cousin, she agrees to elope with him, and on a dark night the two come together for the first time. As they rush to catch a train to Istanbul, Mevlut realises he has been misled. But the die is cast, and the situation will determine the rest of his days. 

Over the next four decades in Istanbul, Mevlut works various jobs to support his loving wife and family - work that gives him a special perspective on his rapidly changing city and the people who live there. And every evening he walks the streets, selling his wares and dreaming his dreams.

©2015 Orhan Pamuk (P)2018 Faber & Faber Ltd

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stunning!!!!

Thank you, Orhan Pamuk
As a native of another country who made her life in Istanbul..you have taught me a social history I wasn’t aware of and at the same time Mevlut, your hero became a close friend
What a magnificent story

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Loved it!

Beautifully written and read. Spent some time in Istanbul in eighties and it sounds like it changed.