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Orhan Pamuk Turkey    PWF 2013

Orhan Pamuk foto Greg SalibianOrhan Pamuk has more currency than the Federal Reserve—receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006—for “digging a well with a needle” to find “new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.”


Born in 1952 in Istanbul, Pamuk grew up in the pale colors of his father’s library—off center—with the fear of being left outside the authentic world.


“A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him—and the world that makes him who he is.”


Pamuk’s natural inclination is to side with the dispossessed—with the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire and the Kurds in modern Turkey.


“A writer talks of things that everyone knows—but does not know that they know.”


His work includes: The White Castle, The Black Book, New Life, My Name is Red, Snow, Istanbul, Other Colors, The Museum of Innocence, and Silent House.


“I write because I have never managed to be happy—I write to be happy.”


Orhan Pamuk lives in Istanbul and New York. 

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk: Nobel Lecture

22.09.2009 Readings

My Father's Suitcase

Two years before his death, my father gave me a small suitcase filled with his writings, manuscripts and notebooks. Assuming his usual joking, mocking air, he told me he wanted me to read them after he was gone, by which he meant after he died.

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Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk: Auto-biography

22.09.2009 Readings

Half of my book Istanbul is about the city; the other half chronicles the first 22 years of my life. I remember my huge disillusionment when it was finished. Of all the things I had wanted to express about my life, of all the memories that I considered the most crucial, only a few had found their way into the book.

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Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk: Freedom to Write

08.05.2006 Articles

The following was given on 25 April as the inaugural PEN Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Memorial Lecture

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