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Orhan Pamuk In Conversation

Hear Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk read from and discuss his latest novel, The Red-Haired Woman, and the city which continues to inspire his writing, Istanbul.

From his many acclaimed books, including Snow, The White Castle and My Name is Red, for which he received the 2003 International IMPAC Award, to A Strangeness in my Mind, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize, Orhan Pamuk is one of the world’s most celebrated and formally inventive authors.

Pamuk’s novel, The Museum of Innocence, was also transformed into an award-winning museum, illuminating the story of the city through installations based on the lives of characters from the book.

Now, his latest novel interweaves an investigation into a murder thirty years ago in Istanbul, and a fictional inquiry into the fundamental myths of the West and the East.

In an immersive event combining imagery and extracts from his book, Orhan Pamuk reflects on reading and seeing, the tension between state and individual freedom, and chronicling the life of a city in which civilisations continue to collide, with a range of images from The Museum of Innocence, and newly published visual edition of his classic memoir, Istanbul.

Orhan Pamuk is in conversation with Boyd Tonkin, a writer and critic who chaired the Man Booker International Prize 2016 and is now Special Adviser to the prize.

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Royal Festival Hall


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