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Orhan Pamuk – One of Turkey’s most prominent novelists

Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born on 7 June 1952 in Istanbul, and educated at Robert College and Istanbul Technical University. After 3-year architecture education, he became a full-time writer, and graduated from Institute of Journalism at Istanbul University. Until ages 30, Pamuk lived with his mother and wrote his first novel.

Orhan Pamuk started writing regularly in 1974. His first novel is Karanlık ve Işık (Darkness and Light) and after than, he has taken great achievements.

On 12 October 2006, the Swedish Academy announced that Orhan Pamuk had been awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Pamuk is the only Turk awarding a Nobel Prize. The Academy said: “In the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city, Pamuk has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.”

In 2008, Masumiyet Müzesi (The Museum of Innocence) was published by Orhan Pamuk. The book is a long and detailed account of the obsessive love that Kemal, a wealthy businessman, bears for Füsun, a lower class shop girl. In book, Kemal becomes an obsessive collector of the artefacts of his life with Füsun, and in real life Orhan Pamuk has collected those artefacts and opened a museum including those. This Museum of Innocence is currently located in Cukurcuma, Istanbul.

Wikipedia – Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize)
Wikipedia – The Museum of Innocence