Pamuk on Istanbul

In his new book, a “combination of memoir and sad urban love letter,” Orhan Pamuk argues that Istanbul is the most melancholy city of all.

Pamuk was sued in mid-February for daring to mention Turkey’s early 20th-Century genocide of 1 million Armenians and 30,000 Kurds. The Turkish government continues to deny that the mass killings occurred.

Yesterday Kurdish Media reported that, in Istanbul, “a school collected [Pamuk’s] books from students to return to him.” And “on a news Web site, the vote ran 4-1 against him.” (Thanks to Anoush for the link.)


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