The 2006 Nobel Laureate in literature, Orhan Pamuk, is from Turkey. The Black Book is one of his most notable books, published in 1990 and translated into English in 1994 and again in 2006. This book should carry a warning label for those who have trouble with personal identity and with defining where their world ends and where that of other people begins. The story is set in Istanbul. The key characters are emblematic of the whole book in that they are highly interrelated. The story is told mostly through the voice of Galip, a lawyer who is married to his cousin Rüya. The second narrative voice is that of Galip’s uncle, Celal, a famous Turkish newspaper columnist. After 3 years of a marriage in which Galip feels in love but distanced, as well as jealous and suspicious, Rüya abruptly disappears with Celal. Galip desperately searches for them. He plunges into a mystical and deep analysis of Celal’s newspaper columns, eventually moving into Celal’s apartment and searching through his private papers and pictures. In his endeavor to locate where they have gone, he immerses himself so completely into Celal’s world that he becomes part of it. He lives in Celal’s apartment, sleeps in his bed, and wears his robe. He uncovers all sorts of potential conspiracies, alluded to in coded language in Celal’s columns, and he “discovers” a system used by Celal whereby he discerned letters in the shape of a person’s features (nose, eyes, forehead, etc.) that are part of a code revealing something about that person. Members of left-wing Turkish splinter groups appear in newspaper articles under different names over the years because they wish to remain difficult to trace or to switch allegiances. A mysterious individual calls Celal’s apartment while Galip is living there. The caller thinks that Galip is Celal and wants to meet with him to discuss an impending military coup alluded to in Celal’s columns. As Galip stalls arrangement of a meeting, the man becomes angry and threatens him with murder. Galip tries to manipulate the man into providing the location or phone numbers of other apartments that serve as secret homes for Celal. Eventually, the newspaper that publishes Celal’s famous daily column runs out of material, and thus Galip begins writing the columns as though he were Celal.