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The New York Times Book ReviewThe Innocence of Objects is partly a manifesto for the power of demotic objects to tell grand narratives, partly Pamuk's love affair with the particularity of one moment in his city. He writes, "If objects are not uprooted from their environs and their streets, but are situated with care and ingenuity in their natural homes, they will already portray their own stories." As such, this book spills over with pleasure. It feels barely edited, a scrapbook of images and ideas, memories, autobiographical interjections on collecting. Using it is like using Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities as a guidebook to Venice. Fictions and objects and place are all intricately and beautifully held together.
—Edmund de Waal