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on December 7, 2010
"In contrast, throughout the poorer, non-Western parts of the world (including my homeland, Turkey), the issue of whom and what to represent can be a nightmare for literature and for novelists."
I find this quote quite disrespectful to the myriad Turkish novelists from different backgrounds and of different political views, that have been writing about anything and everything for such a long time. Many great novelists reflected and influenced public opinion before his time. Quotes such as this make me question Mr.Pamuk's competency in evaluating literature, let alone anything else.
He seems too inclined to win Western favour by subscribing to Orientalism and exhibiting his own country as less than what it is. There seems to emerge a pattern among some Nobel winners related to this.
I have read his work in his native language and I have found it inferior to, say, Yasar Kemal's work. Orhan Pamuk's narrative is too contrived, too dry, too distant from real life and real people. I think I can live without his views on literature.