Published on Monday, September 30, 2013 - 4:15pm
In Orhan Pamuk's 2002 novel, Snow, poet and political exile Ka returns to Turkey to attend his mother's funeral in Istanbul and, while there, he reconnects with an old friend who describes the political situation in the more remote town of Kars, where multiple young women have committed suicide after being prohibited from wearing their headscarves at school. The situation intrigues Ka, though perhaps not as much as his friend's other news: their old classmate İpek is also in Kars, and she is separated from her husband.
Soon, Ka is in Kars, where his investigation into the suicides and his pursuit of İpek bring him into close contact with the concerns and dangers of the town and thereby prompt self-reflection. Through Ka's experience, Pamuk's novel explores the ways that political, religious, and economic forces can intersect -- especially with regard to Islamic fundamentalism -- and impact the individual.
Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Snow -- recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature and a Muslim Journeys program title -- on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 202-727-0232.