Turkey has produced a Nobel prize winning novelist, Orhan Pamuk. He was born in Istanbul in 1952 and is one of the most prolific and prominent novelists in Turkey. He is Turkey’s best-selling writer as his books have sold over seven million copies translated into more than fifty languages: including French, English, German, Japanese, Czech, Malayan, Danish, Georgian plus many more.
In March 2011 he was in Cologne, Germany promoting his new novel, Cevdet Beyve Ogullari. This is the 12th book by Pamuk translated and published in Germany. Pamuk gave kudows to Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ and Ivan Goncharov’s ‘Oblamov’ when he was writing his new book.
Pamuk is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006 and the Orhan Kemal and Milliyet literary prizes for his first novel, Cevdet bey and His Sons, published l982.