Friday, October 13, 2006


TURKISH NOVELIST ORHAN PAMUK has won the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature, it was announced on October 12, 2006. His win is a joyous celebration of Turkish and world literature. By examining questions of identity amidst east-west collisions and exploring the transformations of contemporary Turkish society, Pamuk has become one of the major writers of the world today. I especially enjoyed My Name is Red (2001), Snow (2004) and The Black Book (2006), as well as his memoir cum cultural history of Turkey, Istanbul: Memories of a City (2005). Congratulations!

PAMUK Orhan [1952-] Novelist, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born Ferit Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, Turkey. Novels The Museum of Innocence (2007); Snow [trans. from the Turkish, Kar (2002), by Maureen Freely in 2004] (2004); My Name is Red [trans. from the Turkish, Benim Adim Kirmizi (1998), by Erdag M. Göknar in 2001] (2001: winner of the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award); The New Life (trans. from the Turkish, Yeni Hayat (1995), by Güneli Gün in 1997) (1997); The Black Book (trans. from the Turkish, Kara Kitap (1990), by Guneli Gun in 1994 and by Maureen Freely in 2006] (1994; 2006); The White Castle [trans. from the Turkish, Beyaz Kale (1985), by Victoria Holbrook in 1990] (1990: winner of the 1990 Independent Award for Foreign Fiction); The Silent House (originally published as Sessiz Ev in 1983) (untranslated); Cevdet Bey and His Sons (originally published as Cevdet Bey ve Ogullari in 1982) (untranslated) Essays Other Colours (2008) Memoir Istanbul: Memories of a City [trans. from the Turkish, Hatiralar ve Sehir (2003), by Maureen Freely in 2005; published as Istanbul: Memories and the City in the U.S.] (2005: shortlisted for the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction and the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography)


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