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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a
brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is
Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and
religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the
most prominent contemporary Turkish writers.
The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists
in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his
realm. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style.
But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this
commission is a dangerous proposition indeed. The ruling elite
therefore mustn't know the full scope or nature of the project, and
panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears. The
only clue to the mystery-or crime? -lies in the half-finished
illuminations themselves. Part fantasy and part philosophical
puzzle, My Name is Red is a kaleidoscopic journey
to the intersection of art, religion, love, sex and power.
Translated from the Turkish by Erda M Göknar