Turkish Writer Orhan Pamuk Wins Nobel Prize

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Associated Press)–Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, whose uncommon lyrical gifts and uncompromising politics have brought him acclaim worldwide and prosecution at home, won the Nobel literature prize Thursday for his works dealing with the symbols of clashing cultures. Pamuk, whose novels include "Snow" and "My Name is Red," was charged last year in Turkey for "insulting Turkishness," for telling a Swiss newspaper in February 2005 that Turkey was unwilling to deal with two of the most painful episodes in recent Turkish history: the Armenian Genocide, and recent guerrilla in Turkey’s overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast. "Thirty-thousand Kurds and 1 million Armenia’s were killed in these lands, and nobody but me dares to talk about it," he told the newspaper. Prominent Armenian writers also hailed the decision to award a Nobel to Pamuk. "This a lesson to those Turks who wanted to put him on trial. This is a victory for democracy in Turkey," said Berdj Zeituntsian, a leading Armenian writer and playwright, speaking in Yerevan, Armenia.

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