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58. Tombala

The Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence

"Here, I have displayed the prizes given to winners of tombola sessions, and tickets for the new years’ eve national lottery." (The Innocence of Objects by Orhan Pamuk)

"For forty years, from the late 1950s to the late 1990s, my mother used a similar set to amuse first my brother, my cousins and me, and later, her grandchildren. When the New Year’s Eve party had come to an end, the game was over, the presents distributed, and the children and the neighbors had begun to yawn and doze off, Aunt Nesibe, like my mother, would carefully gather up the pieces, fill the velvet pouch bag, and count the numbered wooden tiles (there were ninety in all). After also making a deck of all the numbered cards, and tying it with a ribbon, she would collect the dried beans we’d used to mark the numbers and put them into a plastic bag for the next New Year’s Eve." (The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk)

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