Dear Day Essay on Snow by Orhan Pamuk

Topics: Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Orhan Pamuk Pages: 2 (597 words) Published: December 20, 2012
Snow by Orhan Pamuk Gokberk Simsek English 10A Choice #1 Dear Day Project The book Snow by Orhan Pamuk describes an intricate tale of a man named Ka; a man named not by the norm, but by the experiences he has faced leading to his desiscion to use his initials instead of his actual name. A descision not actually mentioned in the story, but understandable if you know the history of the nation he returns to. The story processes many of the political and cultural tensions of modern Turkey and successfully combines humor, social commentary, and a deep sympathy with its characters. The main character in the story is a poet who flees to Germany from Turkey and stays there until 2003, where he returns to his hometown of Kars; a province in the northeast where it continuously snows (Kar means snow in Turkish). Ka is a poet, who returns to Turkey after 12 years of political exile in Germany. He has several motives, first, as a journalist, to investigate a series of suicides but also in the hope of meeting a woman he used to know. Heavy snow cuts off the town for about three days during which time Ka is in conversation with a former communist, a secularist, a fascist nationalist, a possible Islamic extremist, Islamic moderates, young Kurds, the military, the Secret Service, the police and in particular, an actor-revolutionary. In the midst of this, love and passion are to be found. Temporarily closed off from the world, a mini coup is staged in the city and is linked to a stage play. The main discussion concerns the interface of secularism and belief but there are references to all of Turkey's twentieth century history. The goals of Ka are as intricate and...
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