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Turkey Now: Orhan Pamuk

About Nights of Plague

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Turkey’s most famous author, Orhan Pamuk, is known for tackling big themes in his books. Such as identity, history, and cultural change. Pamuk was the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature (2006), because ‘in his search for the melancholy soul of his hometown, Pamuk has discovered new symbols for the collision and interaction of cultures.’ De Balie will enter in conversation about his new book, Nights of Plague.

A historical novel set in the last decades of the Ottoman Empire. A bold and brilliant novel that imagines a plague ravaging a fictional island in the Ottoman Empire. Relevant in the way it describes another pandemic and showing the path to nationalist myths.

At the moment, Pamuk is facing judicial investigation for insulting the Turkish Flag and the founder of Turkey in his book Nights of Plague. Pamuk denies the accusations.

This programme is part of Turkey Now! festival:
16:30 How to report on Turkey?
17.30 Turkish food
19:30 Orhan Pamuk
21:30 Concert Ruken B


About Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk (Istanbul, 1952) is a novelist, screenwriter and academic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. As an author he is celebrated by many books, such as The White Castle, My Name is Red, Istanbul and Snow.

From the mid-1990s, Pamuk took a critical stance towards the Turkish state in articles about human rights and freedom of thought, although he took little interest in politics. His book Snow, which he describes as ‘my first and last political novel’ was published in 2002. In 2005, he was named among the world’s 100 TIME magazine chose him as one of the 100 most influential persons of the world.

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Orhan Pamuk
Orhan PamukOne of the biggest Turkish writers at the moment