Thursday, October 12, 2006

the pale orange light of home

Orhan (or Orham) Pamuk has won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Turkish author Orham Pamuk, who has clashed with his country's government and was taken to court for "insulting Turkishness," has won the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Nobel Web site said Thursday that Pamuk "in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures."

The decision, which surprised few, drew a brief but intense round of applause when Horace Engdahl, head of the Swedish Academy, announced the name, The Associated Press reported. Pamuk's novels include "Snow" and "My Name Is Red."

More links:
Official Site
NPR (an interview and an excerpt)
The Complete Review of Snow
Pamuk's 2006 PEN Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Memorial Lecture
Pamuk's 2005 New Yorker Comment
The Paris Review Interview
"The Anger of the Damned" (NYRB, 2001)