A Strangeness In My Mind is a novel Orhan Pamuk has worked on for six years. It is the story of boza seller Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years' worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul. In the four decades between 1969 and 2012, Mevlut works a number of different jobs on the streets of Istanbul, from selling yoghurt and cooked rice, to guarding a car park. He observes many different kinds of people thronging the streets, he watches most of the city get demolished and re-built, and he sees migrants from Anatolia making a fortune; at the same time, he witnesses all of the transformative moments, political clashes, and military coups that shape the country. He always wonders what it is that separates him from everyone else - the source of that strangeness in his mind. But he never stops selling boza during winter evenings and trying to understand who his beloved really is. What matters more in love: what we wish for, or what our fate has in store? Do our choices dictate whether we will be happy or not, or are these things determined by forces beyond our control? A Strangeness In My Mind tries to answer these questions while portraying the tensions between urban life and family life, and the fury and helplessness of women inside their homes.
Orhan Pamuk, geb. 1952 in Istanbul, studierte Architektur und Journalismus und lebte mehrere Jahre in New York. Für seine Romane erhielt er 1990 den Independent Foreign Fiction Award, 1991 den Prix de la découverte européenne, 2003 der International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2005 den Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels und in demselben Jahr den Ricarda-Huch-Preis, 2006 den Nobelpreis für Literatur und 2007 die Ehrendoktorwürde der FU Berlin als 'Ausnahmeerscheinung der Weltliteratur'. Im Jahr 2012 wurde er mit dem Sonning-Preis ausgezeichnet.