Orhan Pamuk Quotes
'Snow' is my most popular book in the United States. But in Turkey, it was not as popular as 'My Name is Red,' or even 'The Museum of Innocence,' because the secular leaders didn't want this bourgeois Orhan trying to understand these head-scarf girls.
'The Museum of Innocence' is not about politics; it's a love story, but I think it's political in the sense that it wants to capture how a man suppresses a woman.
A museum should not just be a place for fancy paintings but should be a place where we can communicate our lives through our everyday objects.
After all, a woman who doesn't love cats is never going to make a man happy.
As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them.
At first my publisher had reservations about publishing it in the form you are familiar with.
At the age of 60, I am less experimental and more mature. I want most of all to convey my understanding of life.
Authoritarianism, an unrealistic occidental imagination - these issues will never be settled. Turkey will continue to take Europe as a model; it will continue to pursue its search for democracy.
Being a fiction writer makes you someone who works with irresponsibility.
Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow.
Culture is mix. Culture means a mix of things from other sources. And my town, Istanbul, was this kind of mix. Istanbul, in fact, and my work, is a testimony to the fact that East and West combine cultural gracefully, or sometimes in an anarchic way, came together, and that is what we should search for.
Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.
First, I would find an object which I would think is suitable for my characters and stories, then write about it, and in the end, I ended up with a house full of thousands of objects.
For me, Westernization is not about consuming fanciful goods; it's about a system of free speech, democracy, egalitarianism and respect for the people's rights and dignity.
From a very young age, I suspected there was more to my world than I could see: somewhere in the streets of Istanbul, in a house resembling ours, there lived another Orhan so much like me he could pass for my twin, even my double.
Generally, I get bad reviews in Turkey.
Good fiction is about asserting the beauties of the world, inventing a new, positive thing. Where am I going to get that? And it should be original; it should not be cliched. So the way I looked at history was not to accuse it of failure.
Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.
How much can we ever know about the love and pain in another heart? How much can we hope to understand those who have suffered deeper anguish, greater deprivation, and more crushing disappointments than we ourselves have known?
I always enjoy impersonating my characters in the first-person singular.
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June 7, 1952
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