Two years before his death, my father gave me a small suitcase filled with his writings, manuscripts and notebooks... I couldn't even touch it ..even at my advanced age I wanted my father to be only my father – not a writer.
'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'
'The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006 is awarded to the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk "who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures"'