A work of intense beauty, Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red opens a window into the reign of Ottoman Sultan Murat III, inviting us to experience the tension between East and West from a breathlessly urgent perspective.

Intelligent, witty and stylish this novel transports the reader to a world both rich and strange. Like the miniature paintings which are at the heart of the book, My Name is Red is intricate and complex.

A murder mystery in which nature and art mirror one another, it is clear once the reader reaches the last page that red is the colour of ambiguity. Timeless and timely, this byzantine mystery explores an earlier world that remains deeply influential even today. Pamuk’s writing is as elegant and multi-faceted as the story he narrates.

My Name is Red entices its readers with an amazing inventiveness. It is a rare tour de force of literary imagination and philosophical speculation.