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Orhan Pamuk

Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature

Orhan Pamuk is a Nobel Prize-winning novelist and is the recipient of numerous national and international literary awards. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on October 2006, becoming the first Turkish person to receive a Nobel Prize. He is currently a Fellow with Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought and holds an appointment in Columbia's Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at The School of the Arts.

"One of the world's most celebrated novelist"

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In detail

Orhan Pamuk studied architecture at the Istanbul Technical University before leaving to become a full-time writer. He graduated from the Institute of Journalism at the University of Istanbul in 1976. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University from 1985 to 1988, a period which also included a visiting fellowship at the University of Iowa. He returned to Istanbul, where he lived until 2006, before returning to the US to take up a position as a visiting professor at Columbia.

What he offers you

Orhan Pamuk is not only one of the world's best known authors but also one of the most outspoken social and political commentators. In his presentations he tackles a wide range of social, political and economic issues as he explains to audiences the potential opportunities for organisations. He is supporter for Turkey's accession to the EU.

How he presents

Orhan Pamuk mesmerises audiences with his highly engaging speeches and he is an ideal choice as a guest for events where a live interview format is used.


He presents in Turkish and English.

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Speaking topics

  • Literature
  • Social, Political and Economic Issues
  • Globalisation

Books and publications

  • 2009
    The Museum of Innocence
  • 2007
    My Father's Suitcase: The Nobel Lecture
  • 2005
    Istanbul: Memories and the City
  • 2004
  • 2001
    My Name is Red
  • 1997
    The New Life
  • 1994
    The Black Book
  • 1990
    The White Castle

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