From Our Staff | October 17, 2006

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2006 was announced last Thursday and this year’s winner, Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, “has a reputation as a social commentator even though he sees himself as principally a fiction writer with no political agenda.”  Listen to Pamuk’s address on artistic freedom at the PEN Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Memorial Lecture or read the transcript

Pamuk made headlines late last year-being charged for “insulting Turkishness” along with other distinguished writers from Turkey, including Elif Shafak, who was acquitted of these charges just last month. (See here and here.)

Charges against Pamuk were eventually dropped after an outpouring of international protest. Read an excerpt of Pamuk’s novel My Name is Red.