What happens within us when we read a novel? And how does a novel create its unique effects, so distinct from those of a painting, a film, or a poem? Anyone who has known the pleasure of becoming immersed in a novel will enjoy, and learn from, this perceptive essay by one of the modern masters of the art. In this inspired, thoughtful, deeply personal essay, from his Charles Eliot Norton lecture series collected as The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist, Orhan Pamuk takes us into the worlds of the writer and the reader, revealing their intimate connections.
'He writes with an effortless authority, and deeply literate sophistications.' Peter Craven, The Age