MY NAME IS RED
Orhan Pamuk, translated by Erdag Goknar
This murder mystery, set in 16th-century Istanbul and narrated by some
unlikely characters – among them a tree, a gold coin, red ink – opened
Americans' eyes to Turkish luminary Pamuk before he won the Nobel Prize in
2006. In 2005 Pamuk emerged as an important political voice after
he spoke frankly about the Armenian genocide and subsequently faced
criminal charges in Turkey.