Orhan Pamuk: Masumiyet Müzesi [The Museum of Innocence] (2163 words)

Nilgun Anadolu-Okur (Temple University)
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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume Modern Turkish Writing and Culture, 1922-present.


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In Museum of Innocence, Pamuk tells the love story between a wealthy man and a poor girl, in Istanbul during the turbulent 1970s. During Pamuk’s youth, Turkey was still aspiring to reinforce its thirty-year old democracy, and to join the circle of Western nations, with prospects of achieving economic and industrial wealth. The multi-party system that was envisioned in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk embraced dynamic principles such as upward mobility, educational reform, rapid industrialization and major planning for economic independence. Advocacy for literacy, the implementation of a new legal system, emancipation and suffrage for women, the establishment of a new constitution, and nation-wide adoption of a modern dress code …

Citation: Anadolu-Okur, Nilgun. "Masumiyet Müzesi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 May 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=29500, accessed 12 April 2021.]

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