At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers. His novel's subject is the difference in perceptions between East and West . The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm. and in that city sits Orhan Pamuk, chronicler of its consciousness .
This novel is placed at #83 on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.In 1984, she made the list for ‘In Custody’ that was made into a film in 1993.The third and final time was for her bi-cultural novel ‘Fasting, Feasting’ in 1999.This literature fest had a very different feel from the Emirates Lit Fest in Dubai, which is more formal and held in conference rooms at the Inter Continental Hotel.For me, this Jaipur event reminded me more of This year’s Jaipur Lit Fest also featured Gloria Steinem, who was promoting her new collection of essays, as well as actor Irrfan Khan and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, plus a full catalogue of others.