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Dichter zu Gast – Orhan Pamuk
Ich bin ein Bild

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

In German and English


  • 12 August 2008, 19:30

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Orhan Pamuk, Helmut Lohner,


In his novel My Name is Red and many of his essays, Orhan Pamuk gives a voice to persons and objects depicted many centuries ago mainly in paintings from the Ottoman Empire, turning the observer into a listener and traveler to another world. During this reading, these pictures will be shown for the first time and the audience will "traverse” them together with the author through his descriptions.

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.