Monday, October 31, 2005

Orhan Pamuk Receives German Peace Award

Orhan Pamuk
Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk received the German book trade’s peace prize in Frankfurt.

During his speech, Pamuk commented on Turkey’s entry into the European Union and explained the desire of a muslim country to join Europe should be approved by Europe as this would also strengthen Europe and Germany. Orhan Pamuk also said he was very honored to receive this prize.

The German association of booksellers and publishers is Germany’s primary literary award. The association awards the writers,with this prize,whose work guides to compromise and peace.

About Orhan Pamuk

Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952. He studied architecture at the Istanbul Technical University and after attended Journalism at Istanbul University. Turkish novelist has written many remarkable works. Five of his books have been published into English: Beyaz Kale (The White Castle, 1991), Kara Kitap (The Black Book, 1995), Yeni Hayat (New Life, 1997), My Name Is Red (2001) and Snow (2004).

Orhan Pamuk received this prize for the first time and became the second Turkish novelist who received this peace award. The first Turkish novelist who was honored with this prize was the famous novelist Yasar Kemal. Last year's prizewinner was novelist Peter Esterhazy of Hungary. The worthiness of this year’s peace prize is 25,000 Euros (30,000 USD).

Read Orhan Pamuk's Biography & Bibliography.