Pamuk: I'm a democrat, secularist and a westernization supporter

Referring to the different political debates in Turkey, different views on Turkey's EU membership and nationalists and EU advocates, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk said, "I am a democrat, a secularist, a liberal and a westernization supporter."

Pamuk: I'm a democrat, secularist and a westernization supporter
Referring to the different political debates in Turkey, different views on Turkey's EU membership and nationalists and EU advocates, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk said, "I am a democrat, a secularist, a liberal and a westernization supporter."


Writer Pamuk met with British literature lovers for the first time after winning the Nobel Prize at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London's South Bank Centre. After the host, The Independent's Literature Editor Boyd Tonkin, introduced the Turkish author, Pamuk took the stage and shared with guests colorful details about his relationship with his daughter while he was writing his novels and how he was inspired by daily events in İstanbul. In addition to the 10 novels he has written, Pamuk said he constantly scribbles down notes and later incorporates them into his books. Noting that he is a hard-working author who spends most of his time writing, Pamuk said, "Of course I don't make wonders every time I write, but I don't stop."

He read short excerpts from his newest book "Other Colors" and then answered questions. Noting that he is often asked why he decided to become a writer, Pamuk said, "Every time this question is asked, I feel like a rabbit under the spotlight. There is no clear answer to this question. Actually, the answer is in my novel, 'İstanbul'. I wrote this book to explain that."

His experience with painting and pictures as a child and teen influenced his relationship with literature as his knowledge of pictures helped him to depict objects around his characters. One guest asked Pamuk to comment on the paradox of being welcomed and awarded in Berlin but imprisoned in Turkey. "There is no paradox. Not everyone in Turkey is trying to imprison me. There are political debates in Turkey. There are different views about EU membership, there are nationalists and EU supporters. As for me, I am a democrat, a secularist, a liberal and a westernization supporter." Asked if political pressures affected the child within, Pamuk said every author has the need to shelter an inner child and "I felt that pressure during my indictment." But the most important thing for him was going back to writing and Pamuk did just that. He overcame the pressures and continued to write novels, he explained.

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