Over the last three decades, Pamuk has written, in addition to his seven novels, scores of piecespersonal, critical, and meditativethe finest of which he has brilliantly woven together here. He opens a window on his private life, from his boyhood dislike of school to his daughters precocious melancholy, from his successful struggle to quit smoking to his anxiety at the prospect of testifying against some clumsy muggers who fell upon him during a visit to New York City. From ordinary obligations such as applying for a passport or sharing a holiday meal with relatives, he takes extraordinary flights of imagination; in extreme moments, such as the terrifying days following a cataclysmic earthquake in Istanbul, he lays bare our most basic hopes and fears.
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Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952. He attended the architecture
program at the Istanbul Technical University and then studied journalism at
Istanbul University. He started to write regularly in 1974. He has written thirteen books, including The Museum of Innocence, Other Colors, Snow, and Fragments of the Landscape. His work has been translated into more than forty languages.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on October 12, 2006, becoming the first Turkish person to win a Nobel Prize. He lives in Istanbul.
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