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By Orhan Pamuk

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The Nobel Prize--winning novelist Orhan Pamuk reminisces on becoming up at the banks of the mysterious Bosphorus in Istanbul.

From the ghostly yalis, most suitable waterside mansions outfitted by means of the nice Ottoman households in the course of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, to the crowds of vessels--Russian frigates, rickety fishing boats, and ferries--that plied its waters, Pamuk takes readers on a travel of the good river. a range from the shimmering and evocative Istanbul: stories and town, "Along the Bosphorus" is the basic advisor to the city's watery manner.

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One of his nuns turns to the lure of sexual enticement symbolised by the fool playing a bagpipe, to whom she offers a handful of hay in hopes of winning his favours. The clergy seem to be in the majority among the wicked brought under Bosch’s scathing attack in this altarpiece, but there are others, too, of the devil’s earthly disciples. qxp 12/8/2011 2:45 PM Page 33 There is a quack toothpuller whose hay-filled pocket refers to the fees that have “lined his pockets”, garnered as they are from the gullible populace.

Since the dogma of original sin and the Expulsion cannot be ignored if there were children, however, here is “a millennial condition that would arise if, after expiation of original sin, humanity were permitted to return to Paradise and to a state of tranquil harmony embracing all creation”. Such a promise, Fränger believed, inhered in the symbolism contained on the outside of the triptych, seen when the panels are closed. This was his final argument, and to him, the most compelling. Almost covering the surface of both wings is the crystal sphere, containing a flat disk which cuts through its centre.

1470-1475. 5 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. qxp 12/8/2011 2:54 PM Page 52 hence the painter’s own created world seems on the point of vanishing”. The scholar went on to push Bosch over the edge with his next words: [If] we have to ascribe even the painter’s most peculiar originality to a mentor, it seems as though his own share in the achievement must sink to that of a craftsman, no matter how highly qualified, merely executing somebody else’s orders … it might have been more logical to devote all our energies to working out the personality of the real spiritual creator and – leaving Bosch on one side – to reinstate the actual origination of this profound work.

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