Orhan Pamuk

is the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature. His novels, including The White Castle, My Name is Red, The Black Book, Snow, and most recently the non-fictional Istanbul, have been translated into over forty languages. Orhan Pamuk delivered the opening address at the Eurozine conference in Istanbul 2005.



Opening address at the 18th European Meeting of Cultural Journals

For Orhan Pamuk, the idea of “neighbourliness” is double-edged: in international relations, it signals peace and cultural engagement, but in society, particularly in the Turkish tradition, it implies provincialism and suspicion. Addressing the Eurozine network, Pamuk holds that cultural journals’ role should be to promote non-conformism.