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Orhan Pamuk

The author began this year facing prison, and ends it a Nobel laureate. Here he discusses his artistic development, his country's future, and the benefits of having both a western and eastern soul

By prospect   December 2006

Orhan Pamuk was born in 1952 in Istanbul, where he still lives. His family made a fortune in railroad construction during the early days of the Turkish republic, and Pamuk attended Robert College, where the children of the city’s elite received a western-style education. Early in life he developed a passion for the visual arts, but while at college studying architecture he decided he wanted to write. He is now Turkey’s most widely read literary author.

His first novel, Cevdet Bey and His Sons, was published in 1982. It was followed by The Silent House (1983), The White Castle (1985;…

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