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Dichter zu Gast – Orhan Pamuk
Museum der Unschuld

Lecture with Orhan Pamuk and Helmut Lohner
Reading with Orhan Pamuk and Helmut Lohner

Literary premiere
In German, Turkish and English


  • 07 August 2008, 17:00

Print programme (PDF)


Orhan Pamuk reads for the first time from his new novel Museum of Innocence together with Helmut Lohner. It is the story of one man's passion: collecting in his "Museum of Innocence” all the objects that a woman he loved touched before she died. The museum described in the novel is currently being set up in Istanbul; an exhibition organised by Max Hollein in the Frankfurt Schirn Museum will present first glimpses of the collection during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Orhan Pamuk, born in 1952 in Istanbul, grew up in a middle-class family. He studied architecture and journalism before turning to writing. For My Name is Red, Pamuk won numerous international awards. Snow was acclaimed by critics and celebrated in The New York Times as the best foreign book of the year 2004. In 2005, Pamuk won the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The committee wrote: "In Orhan Pamuk, we are honoring a writer who surpasses all other poets of our times in tracking the traces the West has left in the East and those the East has left in the West, committed to a concept of culture that is based entirely on knowledge and respect for the other.” In 2006, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His works have been translated into 34 languages so far; they have been published in more than 100 countries. Orhan Pamuk has a daughter and lives in Istanbul and New York.