A Novel Museum

Yesterday's New York Times ran an article about novelist and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk's new museum. The Istanbul museum, which opened on Saturday, is based on Pamuk's 2008 novel, The Museum of Innocence. The display cases contain nearly one thousand objects--cigarette butts, earrings, ceramic dogs--described in the novel; the protagonist is a collector, of course. Here's a neat quote from the novelist about the project:

"As far as I know this is the first museum based on a novel," [Pamuk] said. "But it's not that I wrote a novel that turned out to be successful and then I thought of a museum. No, I conceived the novel and the museum together."

Don't miss the slideshow of images from the NYT.

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