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From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red, Orhan Pamuk weaves a fable of fathers and sons and the desires that come between them.


On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating without luck meter by meter, the two will develop a filial bond neither has known before--not the poor middle-aged bachelor nor the middle-class boy whose father disappeared after being arrested for politically subversive activities. The pair will come to depend on each other and exchange stories reflecting disparate views of the world. But in the nearby town, where they buy provisions and take their evening break, the boy will find an irresistible diversion. The Red-Haired Woman, an alluring member of a travelling theatre company, catches his eye and seems as fascinated by him as he is by her. The young man's wildest dream will be realized, but, when in his distraction a horrible accident befalls the well digger, the boy will flee, returning to Istanbul. Only years later will he discover whether he was in fact responsible for his master's death and who the redheaded enchantress was.


Mr. Pamuk will be in discussion with Mary von Aue. Mary von Aue is a writer based in New York. She's an editor at Vocativ, an online video publisher, and a contributing editor at Warscapes, an independent magazine that covers war and conflicts across the globe. She holds an MA from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Literature, and has covered culture and politics for New York Times, VICE, and Billboard, among others.


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