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Pamuk wins Nobel Literature prize
Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Pamuk, 54, has gained a reputation for tackling controversial issues through his novels and has faced legal action in his homeland.

Awarded by the Swedish Academy, the Literature Prize comes with a cheque for 10m kronor (£740,000).

The Academy said: "In the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city, (Pamuk) has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures."

It added: "Pamuk has said that growing up, he experienced a shift from a traditional Ottoman family environment to a more Western-oriented lifestyle.

"He wrote about this in his first published novel, a family chronicle... which in the spirit of Thomas Mann follows the development of a family over three generations."


ORHAN PAMUK
Born in Istanbul in 1952
Initially trained to be an architect
Books translated into over 40 languages
Novels My Name is Red, Snow and The White Castle hailed as dealing with East/West culture clashes
Prosecuted for "insulting Turkishness" in 2005


He has published six books in English, the first of these being The White Castle, primarily a historical novel set in 17th-century Istanbul, but also about how stories and fictions build self-perception.

He has faced prosecution for talking about the murder of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in Turkey during World War I and thousands of Kurds in subsequent years.

Under a 2005 law it is illegal for anyone to insult Turks, the republic or Turkish Grand National Assembly.

The charges have since been dropped.

Last year's winner was British playwright Harold Pinter, a vociferous critic of US foreign policy. That award triggered accusations that the Swedish Academy was anti-American, left-leaning and politically motivated.



Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/entertainment/6044192.stm
 

sparrow

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Pamuk wins Nobel Literature prize
That's fine news, I love Orhan Pamuk, maybe because the man has the same age as myself, but mostly because as described :
" In the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city, (Pamuk) has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures."
There is indeed such a melancholy in his writing... I especially like "Istanbul" and "Snow", he really is somebody who loves his country so deeply, you can feel that all over in his books, but then he also tasted the Western Culture, that what makes his books so unique......
 

pebble

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Pamuk wins Nobel Literature prize
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT NEWS......
I was thrilled when i heard this on the news this morning.
 

cirali

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Pamuk wins Nobel Literature prize
I was also very pleased to hear the anouncement on the BBC yesterday afternoon. Great job and well worth it.
 

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