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    I have always thought that the place where you sleep or the place you share with your partner should be separate from the place where you write. The domestic rituals and details somehow kill the imagination. They kill the demon in me.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    When I was publishing my first books, the previous generation of authors was fading away, so I was welcomed because I was a new author.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: book  author 
     
    I have been attacked in Turkey more for my interviews than for my books. Political polemicists and columnists do not read novels there.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: political  novel  book  read 
     
    I sometimes feel nervous because I give stupid answers to certain pointless questions. It happens in Turkish as much as in English. I speak bad Turkish and utter stupid sentences.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: bad  questions 
     
    Good fiction is about asserting the beauties of the world, inventing a new, positive thing. Where am I going to get that? And it should be original; it should not be cliched. So the way I looked at history was not to accuse it of failure.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    I wanted to tell a romantic and dark side of Ottoman history that was also slightly political, saying to the previous generation of writers, 'Look, I'm interested in Ottoman things, and I'm not afraid of it, and I'm doing something creative.'
    — Orhan Pamuk
    One side of me is very busy paying attention to the details of life, the humanity of people, catching the street voices, the middle-class, upper-middle-class secret lives of Turks. The other side is interested in history and class and gender, trying to get all of society in a very realistic way.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    At first my publisher had reservations about publishing it in the form you are familiar with.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    The opponents of this process have always tried to vilify westernization as a poor imitation.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: process  poor 
     
    These political movements flourish on the margins of Turkish society because of poverty and because of the people's feeling that they are not being represented.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    The hero of the book does long to experience God. But his conception of God is very western.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: experience  hero  god  book 
     
    I really don't want to portray the Islamists as simply evil, the way it's often done in the west.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: evil 
     
    If a writer is to tell his own story - tell it slowly, and as if it were a story about other people - if he is to feel the power of the story rise up inside him, if he is to sit down at a table and patiently give himself over to this art - this craft - he must first have been given some hope.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: people  power  craft  stories  hope 
     
    I have the legacy of my father and his nocturnal automatic waking up. But I like those periods. I immediately have a different vision of humanity and my life.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: humanity  vision  father 
     
    I would be pleased if someone would invent a pill to remove my impatience, moodiness, and occasional bursts of anger. But if they did, I wouldn't be able to write my novels or paint.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: anger  novel  write  invent 
     
    'Snow' is my most popular book in the United States. But in Turkey, it was not as popular as 'My Name is Red,' or even 'The Museum of Innocence,' because the secular leaders didn't want this bourgeois Orhan trying to understand these head-scarf girls.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: girls  innocence  leader  book 
     
    When the whole world reads your books, is there any other happiness for a writer? I am happy that my books are read in 57 languages. But I am focused on Istanbul not because of Istanbul but because of humanity. Everyone is the same in the end.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    Culture is mix. Culture means a mix of things from other sources. 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.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: work  culture  facts 
     
    I wrote 'My Name is Red' just to remember painting, where the hand does it before the intellect. When I'm captive to it, I'm a happier person. Kierkegaard tells us that a happy person is someone who lives in the present; the unhappy person, someone who lives either in the past or the future.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: people  live  future  past  painting 
     
    I write a world where everyone is partly right.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: world  right  write 
     
    I don't like to make strong statements. I want to write strong novels... I keep my deep, radical things for my novels.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: strong  novel  write  radical 
     
    When people read a novel 600 pages long, six months pass, and all they will remember are five pages. They don't remember the text - instead, they remember the sensations the text gives them.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: people  novel  read 
     
    'The Museum of Innocence' is not about politics; it's a love story, but I think it's political in the sense that it wants to capture how a man suppresses a woman.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    For me, Westernization is not about consuming fanciful goods; it's about a system of free speech, democracy, egalitarianism and respect for the people's rights and dignity.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    I don't much care whether rural Anatolians or Istanbul secularists take power. I'm not close to any of them. What I care about is respect for the individual.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: power  respect  care 
     
    At the age of 60, I am less experimental and more mature. I want most of all to convey my understanding of life.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: understanding  age 
     
    The habit of collecting, of attachment to things, is an essential human trait. But Western civilization put collecting on a pedestal by inventing museums. Museums are about representing power. It could be the king's power or, later, people's power.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    I write because I have an innate need to. I write because I can't do normal work. I write because I want to read books like the ones I write. I write because I am angry at everyone. I write because I love sitting in a room all day writing. I write because I can partake of real life only by changing it.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: work  real  writing  book  write  read 
     
    People look at me as sort of a diplomat for Turkey, which by nature, I'm not; I don't want to be. It's again about that playfulness. Being Turkey's voice or representative is not playful, it's not childlike; it makes me self-conscious, kills the child in me.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: children  nature  people  child 
     
    Being a fiction writer makes you someone who works with irresponsibility.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: work  fiction 
     
    First, I would find an object which I would think is suitable for my characters and stories, then write about it, and in the end, I ended up with a house full of thousands of objects.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: character  stories  write 
     
    From a very young age, I suspected there was more to my world than I could see: somewhere in the streets of Istanbul, in a house resembling ours, there lived another Orhan so much like me he could pass for my twin, even my double.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: world  young  age 
     
    Self-hatred is OK. I have self-hatred, too. It's OK. What's bad is if you don't know how to get out of it, don't know how to manage it. Self-hatred is, in fact, a good thing if you can clearly see the mechanism of it, because it helps you to understand others.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: help  bad  facts 
     
    To appropriate an invention, be it artistic or technical, you have to have at least a part of your spirit embracing it so radically that you somehow change.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: spirit 
     
    Just as good books give me the joys of being alive, bad novels depress me, and as I notice this sentiment coming from the pages, I stop. I also do not hesitate to walk out of a movie house if the film is bad.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: joy  bad  movie  film  novel  book 
     
    The truly great books are always novels: 'Anna Karenina,' 'The Brothers Karamazov,' 'The Magic Mountain.' Just as with 'Shahnameh,' I browse these books from time to time to remember how a great book works on us or to teach my students at Columbia University.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: time  work  magic  book  university 
     
    I believe in a world where there are no heroes, and I've read and know humanity a lot. There are moments that I admire in a person courage, intellect, hard work. These are the qualities I admire in an intellectual, in a writer, and there are so many people who have these things.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    When I write, I feel that I'm writing with my intellect. When I paint, I think it's some other force making me paint. I - as I wrote in my novel 'My Name is Red' - watch with amazement what my hand is doing on the paper, what kind of line, what kind of strange, beautiful thing it's doing in spite of my will, so to speak.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    I think novelists should be disciplined and self-imposed working hours. I work a lot, but I don't feel that I'm working. I always feel that there is a child in me, healthy, and I'm playing.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: children  work  child  healthy 
     
    I don't judge my characters.
    — Orhan Pamuk
    tags: character 
     
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