Friday, September 22, 2006

On the dog: Orhan Pamuk

I had posted several teaching stories about dogs a few days back.

On the way back from my recent trip to south India, I bought Orhan Pamuk's My Name is Red at the airport bookshop.

This is a murder mystery set in the world of miniaturist artists in 16th century Istanbul.

The book has a chapter titled "I am a Dog", in which a voice (and an ear) is given (by a storyteller) to a dog, whose figure is drawn on paper. The dog-voice asks and investigates why there is such animosity towards dogs among clerics and why the very name has come to be the term for all that is base.

I heartily recommend this book!

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