Orhan Pamuk - Granta Magazine

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk is the author of the memoir Istanbul, and the novels Snow and My Name is Red. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. His most recent novel is The Museum of Innocence. Pamuk’s novels are most frequently set in Istanbul – where the author was born and where he still lives – a bustling, vibrant, hybrid city, poised sometimes uncomfortably between Europe and the Middle East, history and modernity, Western-style liberalism and Islamic conservatism, adaptation and tradition. His fiction, much of which explores the fluidity of identity, is heavily influenced by both Western and Arabic literature. At once a local and a global writer, he has an enormous international readership.