Orhan Pamuk, born in Istanbul in 1952, is Turkey’s best-known writer. Brought up in a large family in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi, he studied architecture and journalism, but then devoted himself to writing—a career that was crowned with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. He is the second youngest person to receive the award in its history. In addition, he has received numerous prestigious awards from all over the world, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2006. An unfettered social commentator, his books have been translated into 58 languages, and he is often called “the man who tells the world about Turkey”.
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