In the three decades that Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk has devoted himself to writing fiction, he has also produced scores of witty, moving, and provocative essays and articles. He engages the work of Nabokov, Kundera, Rushdie, and Vargas Llosa, among others, and he discusses his own books and writing process. We also learn how he lives, as he recounts his successful struggle to quit smoking, describes his relationship with his daughter, and reflects on the controversy he has attracted in recent years. Here is a thoughtful compilation of a brilliant novelist's best nonfiction, offering different perspectives on his lifelong obsessions with loneliness, contentment, and the books and cities that have shaped his experience.
About the Author
Orhan Pamuk is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2006. His novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Istanbul.
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Maureen Freely was born in the United States but grew up in Turkey. She is a celebrated translator, the President of English PEN, and the author of several novels, including, most recently, "Sailing through Byzantium".
“Lyrical, vulnerable, deeply human and engaging. . . . [Pamuk] has become one of the essential writers that both East and West can gratefully claim as their own.” —Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review“Lyrical and reportorial. . . . Forms a remarkably cohesive picture of a literary man.” —The Washington Post Book World“Striking and valuable. . . . A triumph.” —The New York Review of Books“Reading these pieces one is infused with the sheer joy that exudes from each tale. . . . An autobiography in essays and tales, a book for writers and readers that is never less than captivating.” —The Baltimore Sun