EVALUATING ORHAN PAMUK’S ‘MASUMİYET MÜZESİ’ IN THE LIGHT OF THE RELATION BETWEEN CINEMA AND LITERATURE

Selami İNCE, Murat KARAKOÇ

Orhan Pamuk is an author who has got Nobel Prize and has numerous works that include discussions on relations between his country, tradition and modernity in Turkish Literature. His works have been examined by many domestic and foreign researchers and so he has owned a significant place in literature by his works. As an important writer of postmodern Turkish Literature, while he is fictionalising characters, Orhan Pamuk has often included cinema experiences in the frame of social life's ordinariness. Both his referring to cinema as an existentialist urge - as is seen in interviews - , and his deeply handling it in texts show that Orhan Pamuk has adopted cinema as an indispensible part of his life and his art. Particularly the work of The Museum of Innocence sophisticatedly reflects the culture of cinema in the time of novel. According to Pamuk, writing the novel that is also named after a museum in Çukurcuma, İstanbul, took fifteen years to complete. As it is seen in many of his works, the author has chosen İstanbul’s districts as the setting of the novel and he has starkly scrutinised the culture of İstanbul. This novel’s plot especially includes the cinema culture. In this study, the culture of cinema as it is reflected in The Museum of Innocence as a literary text by Orhan Pamuk will be analyzed.

Keywords: Cinema, Literature, Orhan Pamuk, Visual Arts, Turkish Literature