book: Orhan Pamuk

The Museum of Innocence

“It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it.”


A Conference of Street Creatures Istanbul - Found on Flickr By Tal Bright

A stirring exploration of the nature of romantic attachment and of the mysterious allure of collecting, The Museum of Innocence plumbs the depths of an Istanbul half Western and half traditional—its emergent modernity, its vast cultural history. It's a book about love and obsession.
Pamuk has established an actual "Museum of Innocence", based on the museum described in the book. It is housed in a building in the Çukurcuma neighbourhood of Beyoğlu, Istanbul, and displays a collection evocative of everyday life and culture of Istanbul during the period in which the novel is set.