2006-10-13 Bill Schiller
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Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk has won the 2006 Nobel Prize in literature

Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, with an Ottoman era mosque in the background, talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Istanbul. Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel literature prize on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, for his works dealing with issues of identity and clashing cultures (AP Photo/Murad Sezer/File)Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, with an Ottoman era mosque in the background, talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Istanbul. Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel literature prize on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, for his works dealing with issues of identity and clashing cultures (AP Photo/Murad Sezer/File)
Göran Sommardal: My first reaction: oh this young boy! Already a winner of the Nobel Prize. I can only think of Albert Camus who I think was 46 when he received the Nobel Prize ... who was a younger winner of the prize.

And how do we describe Pamuk? Is he a Turkish writer, European writer - East and West - where is he?

Interesting enough, he is both a very Turkish and very European writer. So I think that is why we love him so much here in the West. I think also that he represents something that we would hope that every Turk possess, I mean, he is the ideal Turk. If every Turk would look like and be like and think like Orhan Pamuk, Turkey would be a member of the European Union tomorrow morning. He's able to merge the historic, and the geographic visions into one. And most of his novels are very exciting to read.

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