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Oct. 15th, 2006 12:17 pm Nobel Prize for Literature Awarded to Turkish Author Orhan Pamuk

On Thursday, October 11, Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk was named the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006. The Swedish Academy commended the author, "who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures."

In 2005, Turkish authorities charged Pamuk with "public denigrating of Turkish identity" after he spoke to a Swiss newspaper about the 30,000 Kurds and one million Armenians killed in Turkey . The charge caused widespread international protest and was subsequently dropped.

Pamuk was born on June 7, 1952 in Istanbul . Six of his works have been translated into English: The White Castle (Braziller); The Black Book (FSG); The New Life (FSG); My Name is Red (Knopf); Snow (Knopf), an August 2005 Book Sense Pick; and Istanbul: Memories and the City (Knopf).

For more information, visit http://nobelprize.org.

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