“Nights of Plague” (Veba Geceleri): A Shocking New Novel from Turkey’s Nobel Laureate Author Orhan Pamuk

We have been keeping informing you for a long time about Turkish series, dramas, and more similar news. This is only because we know that you love those works and we also know that Turkey is satisfyingly good at it. However, we also know that you are familiar with Turkey’s Nobel-winning author Orhan Pamuk. So, here is his new shocking novel named “Nights of Plague” (Veba Geceleri) published on March 2021.

As soon as the novelist’s new book took its place on the shelves of the book markets, it went viral. What also makes this novel so special is that the timing of the book! Orhan Pamuk said, “I had been pondering about this novel for 40 years and have been writing it over the last four years.” It means that it is as if the great Turkish novelist has foreseen the Covid-19 is coming, —one of the worst things in history that has ever happened to humanity…

After 4 years of waiting, Orhan Pamuk is finally back with his last novel Night of Plague
After 4 years of waiting, Orhan Pamuk is finally back with his last novel Night of Plague

“Le Point” in France, Independent in England, and The New York Times in the US have already seen this enchanting literature news on their cover. So, it seems that the author’s latest novel “Nights of Plague” will keep drawing great attention… Let’s not waste your time and dive into the details. Scroll down the page and let us introduce you to one of the best Turkish authors.

Orhan Pamuk Pens Plague Story in New Novel “Nights of Plague”

Nobel prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk has published his latest book, “Veba Geceleri” (Nights of Plague). The novel’s period is in a timely arrival when the world can resonate with a plague outbreak on a fictional Ottoman island. As for today, the world has been scrambling to end the unprecedented plague of the 21st century: The COVID-19 pandemic.

A special drawing from the Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk
A special drawing from the Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk

In an interview, upon a question, he said he was astonished at how he felt about the coincidental time of the coronavirus pandemic. The reason for that is overlapping with the publishing of his book.

The Story of “Nights of Plague”

“The story of the novel was a world in which I thought people would not be interested. But all of a sudden, after the COVID-19 pandemic, people started living these first-hand. It is the one that I was thinking of in the novel. It was like, something you do secretly had shown up.”

The Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk is one of the greatest authors of the modern times
The Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk is one of the greatest authors of the modern times

The book, “Nights of Plague,” tells the stories of an Ottoman governor, a doctor, and an army major. They are all fighting a plague epidemic on a fictional Ottoman island called Minger.

The Incredible Resemblance Between the Novel and the Pandemic

“When the pandemic began [in 2020], I was in the U.S. for lectures. I flew back to Turkey. When I learned the first coronavirus stories in Istanbul. Then, I thought that those stories were like my stories in the novel,” he noted.

The Process of Development of “Nights of Plague”

He, then, penned an article for the New York Times. In the article, he said he had been writing a book about a pandemic for the last four years. “After they published the article, publishing houses in more than 50 countries called and pressed me to finish the book as soon as possible,” he added.

The book, Nights of Plague, has already took its place on the shelves of bookshops
The book, Nights of Plague, has already took its place on the shelves of bookshops

When asked about the similarities and differences of the novel with the world today, he said, “My novel is scarier than today’s world.”

The Difference Between Today’s World and The Novel’s

“In the world of 1901, only 5 percent of the population were literate. In today’s Turkey, that rate is 95. Some 75 percent of the people have access to the internet. So, today, we know things. Whatever happens in a neighborhood or the world, we learn that very quickly. This is a big difference between today’s world and the world in the novel.”

Spain's News El Pais saw the novel from the cover- A plague between two worlds
Spain’s News El Pais saw the novel from the cover- A plague between two worlds

Three Islands That Inspired the Turkish Author

The novelist also stressed that three islands inspired him while he created the fictional Minger Island in his mind. “Mainly Büyükada [the biggest island of Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands]. I always loved the feeling of a world in a void on Büyükada. The houses of Crete [Greece] also inspired me. Also, the tininess of the Kastellorizo has always influenced me.”

Orhan Pamuk, “Nights of Plague”, and the Covid-19 Pandemic

The eminent and world-famous Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk is 68 years old and he has received both doses of his COVID-19 vaccine.

“Getting the COVID-19 jabs changed my mood. That gave me strength and optimism. I moved away from the idea that I will die due to the pandemic,” he added. The “Nights of Plague” is now on the shelves of bookshops. And what’s more, the productive author Orhan Pamuk is already preparing to write his next book, telling a story close to his heart.

The novel has been published by the Turkish publishing house Yapı Kredi
The novel has been published by the Turkish publishing house Yapı Kredi

“I will write about an artist. The main character will resemble me and will be an Istanbul resident.” This statement also proves once more that he deserves all the way through to be called “the narrator of Istanbul.” Or, we would also like to put it as “the sound of Istanbul.”

Orhan Pamuk in Brief

Pamuk, born in 1952, is a recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the author of some best-known novels, —such as, “Silent House,” “The Black Book,” “My Name is Red”, “Snow”, “The White Castle”, “The Museum of Innocence.” The sales of 13 million books in 63 languages have made him Turkey’s best-selling writer. He teaches writing and comparative literature at the U.S.’s Columbia University.

“The Museum of Innocence”

While we are talking about the world-famous Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, the museum is a must-talk. The Museum of Innocence is the name of one of Orhan Pamuk’s novels. In addition to that, the name of the book also gives its name to the museum.

The author said he had been pondering Nights of Plague for 40 years and has been writing it for 4 years
The author said he had been pondering Nights of Plague for 40 years and has been writing it for 4 years

Since the novel and the museum are strongly connected to each other, those who have already read the novel will much enjoy it. You can buy the entrance ticket at the entrance of the museum. But, there is a reader invitation on the closing page of the book. By clicking here, you can go to the official website of the museum.

“Nights of Plague” will be translated into more than 40 languages. Therefore, do not miss reading and enjoying the novel of one of the greatest novelists of our times!..

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