The Life and Times of Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize Winner

October 16, 2006

WRR 2006

October 16, 2006
Media Contact: Kim Nagy or Joy Stocke
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Wild River Review congratulates Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, featuring an intimate interview with Pamuk and book review of “Istanbul: Memories and City.” Plus Angie Brenner’s latest article offers readers a fresh look at the latest free-speech trials in Turkey, Article 301, and “crimes against Turkishness”

October 16, 2006 (Philadelphia, PA). Wild River Review congratulates Orhan Pamuk, the first Turkish writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize, and celebrates his poetic prose which confronts complex political realities.

Joy E. Stocke, Wild River Review’s Editor-in-Chief, contributes an intimate interview with Orhan Pamuk, as well as a review of his memoir, Istanbul: Memories and the City nominated for a 2006 National Book Critics Circle award. Readers will feel as if Pamuk is sitting in their living rooms as he speaks frankly about his devotion to the craft of writing, his relationship with translators, why all his characters start out with the same name, and how he identifies with his protagonists. He also discusses his family’s reaction to his recent memoir.

In her October 15th commentary for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stocke recounts her interview with Pamuk on Columbia University’s campus, in which she discusses the political significance of his writing and the shape of his daily life. “A writer is nothing if he cannot be true to his work,” said Pamuk. Find out the surprising episode Stocke will always remember about her interview with Pamuk.

In her latest piece, “Turkish Authors Face Controversy” Angie Brenner presents the Turkish public’s conflicted emotions about the trials, including cynicism, protectiveness, as well as profound hesitancy towards Turkey’s entrance into the European Union. “In fact, the current charges brought upon the literary community appear aimed to ensure that Turkey does not gain acceptance into the European Union.”

In her article, Brenner contrasts the approaches of two different generations of writers: Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak, both charged and acquitted for “crimes against Turkishness.” Orhan Pamuk was prosecuted under Article 301 last year for openly discussing the killing of a million Armenians in 1915. Avoiding politics most of his life, Pamuk felt betrayed by the Swiss journalist who published his off the record comments on the subject.

Wild River Review also features Angie Brenner’s interview with Elif Shafak, a young Turkish novelist and professor of Political Science, who is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Shafak, born to a Turkish mother (and diplomat) in France, wrote her last two novels, “The Bastard of Istanbul” and ”The Saint of Incipient Insanities” in English and was promptly criticized by many Turkish nationalists for doing so. Shafak’s choice of subjects—homosexuals, transvestites, and other marginalized people—also typically outrages conservatives in Turkey.

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