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Award Thursdays - Orhan Pamuk

Post by: Kabita Sonowal


On Award Thursdays this week, BookChums features popular Turkish screenwriter, writer and academic Orhan Pamuk. Needless to say, his most popular literary works include Snow, The White Castle, The Black Book, Istanbul: Memories and the City, The New Life, Other Colors: Essays and a Story, The Museum of Innocence, and The Naive and Sentimental Novelist. He was born in 1952 in Istanbul. He is currently the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor in Humanities at Columbia University. 

Pamuk attended Robert College in Istanbul and then Istanbul Technical University. He discontinued his studies to become a full-time writer and graduated in Journalism from the University of Istanbul. His first book was Darkness and Light and was a co-recipient of the Milliyet Press Novel Contest. He won several prizes for his essays and today, he is also popular for his support for the political rights of the Kurds. In 2005, he was put on trial for highlighting the genocide of the Armenian Christians and the plight of Kurds in Ottoman Turkey. By doing so he had made an attempt to emphasize on political freedom.
Pamuk has been a recipient of awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature, Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Premio Grinzanr Cavour and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
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