Dichter zu Gast – Orhan Pamuk
Lesung mit Jens Harzer
Reading with Jens Harzer
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A stranger arrives in the Turkish provincial town Kars to investigate a mysterious series of suicides: young women have killed themselves because they were forced to take off their headscarves. All of a sudden, the stranger is caught up in a political coup under the leadership of an actor. Is it all part of the play? Yet real blood is shed; real soldiers intervene – and nobody is allowed to leave the town because it just won't stop snowing.
Orhan Pamuk, born in 1952 in Istanbul, grew up in a middle-class family. He studied architecture and journalism before turning to writing. For My Name is Red, Pamuk won numerous international awards. Snow was acclaimed by critics and celebrated in The New York Times as the best foreign book of the year 2004. In 2005, Pamuk won the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The committee wrote: "In Orhan Pamuk, we are honoring a writer who surpasses all other poets of our times in tracking the traces the West has left in the East and those the East has left in the West, committed to a concept of culture that is based entirely on knowledge and respect for the other.” In 2006, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His works have been translated into 34 languages so far; they have been published in more than 100 countries. Orhan Pamuk has a daughter and lives in Istanbul and New York.