Amazon.com: The White Castle : A Novel (Vintage International): Books: Orhan Pamuk
It is Orphan Pamuk’s first novel. Set in seventeenth century Turkey. A Venetian scholar is captured by Turks and sold into slavery. Hoja – meaning master - buys him because of his learning and thus begins the tale of a relationship characterised by envy and competition. Almost identical the pair are bound together in an obsessive attempt to unlock the secrets of the universe. But the more they strive for external knowledge, the deeper, more complex, cruel and claustrophobic their relationship becomes.
Against a backdrop of Turkish decline and European cultural and economic accent Pamuk explores issues of east and west.