Ferit Orhan Pamuk (born June 7, 1952) is a Turkish novellist in the post-modern style. He became one of Turkey's most prominent novellists and was made a cause célèbre in 2005 when he was prosecuted for claiming that the mass killings of Armenians from 1915 were a result of genocide. He was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature.
== Quotes ==
The question we writers are asked most often, the favorite question, is: Why do you write? I write because I have an innate need to write. I write because I can’t do normal work as other people do. I write because I want to read books like the ones I write. I write because I am angry at everyone. I write because I love sitting in a room all day writing. I write because I can partake of real life only by changing it. I write because I want others, the whole world, to know what sort of life we lived, and continue to live, in Istanbul, in Turkey. I write because I love the smell of paper, pen, and ink. I write because I believe in literature, in the art of the novel, more than I believe in anything else. I write because it is a habit, a passion. I write because I am afraid of being forgotten. I write because I like the glory and interest that writing brings. I write to be alone. Perhaps I write because I hope to understand why I am so very, very angry at everyone. I write because I like to be read. I write because once I have begun a novel, an essay, a page I want to finish it. I write because everyone expects me to write. I write because I have a childish belief in the immortality of libraries, and in the way my books sit on the shelf. I write because it is exciting to turn all life’s beauties and riches into words. I write not to tell a story but to compose a story. I write because I wish to escape from the foreboding that there is a place I must go but—as in a dream—can’t quite get to. I write because I have never managed to be happy. I write to be happy.
"My Father's Suitcase", Nobel Prize for Literature lecture (December 7, 2006).When another writer in another house is not free, no writer is free.
"Freedom to Write", Prague Writer's Festival (May 8, 2006).
== External links ==
Orhan Pamuk at Nobelprize.org