Quotes by: Orhan Pamuk

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Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk in 2009
Born Ferit Orhan Pamuk
(1952-06-07) 7 June 1952 (age 64)
Istanbul, Turkey
Occupation Novelist,
screenwriter,
Professor of Comparative Literature and Writing (Columbia University)
Nationality Turkish
Period 1974 – present
Genre Novel
Subject East–West dichotomy, literature, painting
Literary movement Postmodern literature
Notable works
Cevdet Bey and His Sons The White Castle The Black Book The New Life My Name is Red Snow Istanbul: Memories and the City The Museum of Innocence A Strangeness in My Mind
Notable awards International Dublin Literary Award
2003
Nobel Prize in Literature
2006
Sonning Prize
2012
Spouse Aylin Türegün
(m. 1982, div. 2002)
Relatives Şevket Pamuk (brother)
Hümeyra Pamuk (half-sister)
Website
www.orhanpamuk.net

At first my publisher had reservations about publishing it in the form you are familiar with.
Orhan Pamuk
I really don't want to portray the Islamists as simply evil, the way it's often done in the west.
Orhan Pamuk
To appropriate an invention, be it artistic or technical, you have to have at least a part of your spirit embracing it so radically that you somehow change.
Orhan Pamuk
The habit of collecting, of attachment to things, is an essential human trait. But Western civilization put collecting on a pedestal by inventing museums. Museums are about representing power. It could be the king's power or, later, people's power.
Orhan Pamuk
I have been attacked in Turkey more for my interviews than for my books. Political polemicists and columnists do not read novels there.
Orhan Pamuk
For me, Westernization is not about consuming fanciful goods; it's about a system of free speech, democracy, egalitarianism and respect for the people's rights and dignity.
Orhan Pamuk
Well, on the one hand the Turks have the legitimate need to defend their national dignity - and this includes being recognized as a part of the west and Europe.
Orhan Pamuk
I believe in a world where there are no heroes, and I've read and know humanity a lot. There are moments that I admire in a person courage, intellect, hard work. These are the qualities I admire in an intellectual, in a writer, and there are so many people who have these things.
Orhan Pamuk
Self-hatred is OK. I have self-hatred, too. It's OK. What's bad is if you don't know how to get out of it, don't know how to manage it. Self-hatred is, in fact, a good thing if you can clearly see the mechanism of it, because it helps you to understand others.
Orhan Pamuk
At the age of 60, I am less experimental and more mature. I want most of all to convey my understanding of life.
Orhan Pamuk
Culture is mix. Culture means a mix of things from other sources. And my town, Istanbul, was this kind of mix. Istanbul, in fact, and my work, is a testimony to the fact that East and West combine cultural gracefully, or sometimes in an anarchic way, came together, and that is what we should search for.
Orhan Pamuk
If a writer is to tell his own story - tell it slowly, and as if it were a story about other people - if he is to feel the power of the story rise up inside him, if he is to sit down at a table and patiently give himself over to this art - this craft - he must first have been given some hope.
Orhan Pamuk
When people read a novel 600 pages long, six months pass, and all they will remember are five pages. They don't remember the text - instead, they remember the sensations the text gives them.
Orhan Pamuk
I had the feeling that focusing on objects and telling a story through them would make my protagonists different from those in Western novels - more real, more quintessentially of Istanbul.
Orhan Pamuk
The fueling of anti-Turkish sentiment in Europe is resulting in an anti-European, indiscriminate nationalism in Turkey.
Orhan Pamuk
When I paint, I definitely live in the present, like someone in a shower whistling or singing.
Orhan Pamuk
If I think back on the books to which I have devoted my entire life, I am most surprised by those moments when I have felt as if the sentences, dreams, and pages that have made me so ecstatically happy have not come from my own imagination - that another power has found them and generously presented them to me.
Orhan Pamuk
The hero of the book does long to experience God. But his conception of God is very western.
Orhan Pamuk
When the whole world reads your books, is there any other happiness for a writer? I am happy that my books are read in 57 languages. But I am focused on Istanbul not because of Istanbul but because of humanity. Everyone is the same in the end.
Orhan Pamuk
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