Orhan Pamuk (born on June 7, 1952) is a Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist and professor of comparative literature. He is one of Turkey's most prominent novelists, and his work has been translated into more than fifty languages. He is the recipient of numerous national and international literary awards. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on October 12, 2006, becoming the first Turkish person to receive a Nobel Prize.
Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a wealthy yet declining bourgeois family, an experience he describes in passing in his novels The Black Book and Cevdet Bey and His Sons, as well as more thoroughly in his personal memoir Istanbul at the . He was educated at Robert College prep school in Istanbul and went on to study architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. He left the architecture school after three years, however, to become a full-time writer, and graduated from the Institute of JournalismUniversity of Istanbul in 1976. From ages 22 to 30, Pamuk lived with his mother, writing his first novel and attempting to find a publisher.
On March 1, 1982, Pamuk married Aylin Turegen, a historian. From 1985 to 1988, while his wife was a graduate student at Columbia University, Pamuk assumed the position of visiting scholar there, using the time to conduct research and write his novel The Black Book in the university's Butler Library. This period also included a visiting fellowship at the University of Iowa.
Pamuk returned to Istanbul. He and his wife had a daughter named R?ya born in 1991, whose name means "dream" in Turkish. In 2001, he and Aylin were divorced.
In 2006, after a period in which criminal charges had been pressed against him for his outspoken comments on the Armenian Genocide, Pamuk returned to the US to take up a position as a visiting professor at Columbia. Pamuk is currently a Fellow with Columbia's Committee on Global Thought and holds an appointment in Columbia's Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures department and at its School of the Arts.
- Cevdet Bey ve Oğulları (1982)
- Sessiz Ev (1983)
- Beyaz Kale (1985) [Eng: The White Castle]
- Kara Kitap (1990) [Eng: The Black Book]
- Gizli Y?z (1992) [Eng: Secret Face, screenplay]
- Yeni Hayat (1995) [Eng: The New Life)
- Benim Adım Kırmızı (1998) [Eng: My Name is Red]
- ?teki Renkler (1999) [Eng: Other Colors, essays]
- Kar (2002) [Eng: Snow]
- İstanbul: Hatıralar ve Şehir (2003) [Eng: Istanbul: Memories and the City, memoirs]
- Babamın Bavulu (2007) [Eng: My Father's Suitcase, speeches)
- Orhan Pamuk on Wikipedia
- The Orhan Pamuk Site
- Profile of Orhan Pamuk on Guardian Unlimited
- Nobel Lecture 2006: My Father's Suitcase
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