Other Colors by Orhan Pamuk

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In the three decades that Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk has devoted himself to writing fiction, he has also produced scores of witty, moving, and provocative essays and articles. He engages the work of Nabokov, Kundera, Rushdie, and Vargas Llosa, among others, and he discusses his own books and writing process. We also learn how he lives, as he recounts his successful struggle to quit smoking, describes his relationship with his daughter, and reflects on the controversy he has attracted in recent years. Here is a thoughtful compilation of a brilliant novelist's best nonfiction, offering different perspectives on his lifelong obsessions with loneliness, contentment, and the books and cities that have shaped his experience.

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About Orhan Pamuk

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Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. His novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. He lives in Istanbul.
Published September 18, 2007 by Vintage. 449 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He even includes a piece right out of an elementary-school teacher’s lesson plan: “Class, look at this drawing and write as if you were one of the figures in it.” The stunning paragraph from his Nobel acceptance speech about why he writes is worth the cover price alone.

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Born into an upper-middle-class family that once sat on great wealth — he grew up in the Pamuk Apartments, and his elder brother was sent to Yale — Pamuk began inhaling the great writers of the canon in his teens, reading them with the special longing and intensity of a boy from the far si...

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Eschewing flash and flourish, Pamuk's style is plain, simple and persuasive-but therein lies its subtle power, well represented over more than 75 pieces divided into sections like ""Living and Worrying"" and ""Politics, Europe, and Other Problems of Being Oneself."" Self-reflection and cultural e...

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As we hold words in our hands, like stones, sensing the ways in which each is connected to the others, looking at them sometimes from afar, sometimes from very close, caressing them with our fingers and the tips of our pens, weighing them, moving them around, year in and year out, patiently and h...

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The book's compelling narrative offers "images and fragments of life that still have not found their way into one of my novels," says Pamuk, proving how close his fiction is to truth, and how much good storytelling is based on reality.

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Michael McGaha Critical Summary The Baltimore Sun describes 2006 Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk's latest work as "part diary, part travelogue, part confession, part writer's guide to the galaxy, part political tract, part spiritual journey, part paean to the beauty of language and the config...

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