Thursday, October 12, 2006

and the prize goes to...

..Orhan Pamuk. Congratulations on getting the Nobel. Actually, I'm curious as to what the reaction will be in Turkey to it, especially considering his recent trial (and its subsequent collapse on the grounds that it was bloody stupid in the first place) for insulting Turkishness, just for having the temerity to mention the deaths of Kurds and Aremenians. I suspect that the reaction will be one of proud bafflement; pride for the fact that a Turk has won a Nobel, baffelemnt as to why anyone would read, and prize, his works. I'm a big Orhan fan - he's an absolutely superb writer, although I think he took his eye off the ball a bit in Snow.

2 comments:

MadBadTurk said...

Most of us are pretty proud that he has won. I can't say that I am a big fan of his "melancholy", but he is one of Turkey's most important writers. If Pinter can win, so should he. We are very pleased for him.

As a plus, I can now look forward to many more comparably silly trials, with identical outcomes. The birth of free speech is rarely without pangs.

sattvicwarrior said...

madbadturk sezzzzzz
The birth of free speech is rarely without pangs.
to that i say..
PAIN MAKES ONE THINK. THOUGHT MAKES ONE WISE. WISDOM MAKES LIFE ENDURABLE.
BY THE WAY PAUL., GREAT BLOG. NOT BEING A LOGICAL PERSON BY NATURE [ ME] . I APPRECIATE YOUR LOGICAL PERSPECTIVES. YOU WRITE WELL