Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk

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Orhan Pamuk at the International Writing Program

Mayflower Dorm
1110 N. DUBUQUE ST., IOWA CITY, IA 52242

Orhan Pamuk lived in Mayflower Hall on the University of Iowa campus during his time in Iowa City at the International Writing Program. University of Iowa professor Peter Nazareth recalls that Pamuk playing table tennis quite often at Mayflower, with other participants of the International Writing Program.

Orhan Pamuk was in the IWP in 1985. He was very focused on his writing. He used to sleep until noon and do his writing in the afternoon. At night, he used to go downtown with his best friend from the IWP, Harry from Ireland; apparently, this is how he got material for his writing (that is, from being downtown). He seemed to enjoy playing table tennis in the Mayflower, where all the writers lived. His wife joined him for a short period. He was friendly but reserved, though from another perspective, this indicates that he knew exactly what he wanted to do: write.

Interview with Peter Nazareth. The University of Iowa archives.

Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature, took part in the International Writing Program (IWP) in the fall of 1985. He is one of Turkey’s most prominent novelists; his work has sold over seven million books in more than fifty languages, making him the country’s best-selling writer. Pamuk, whose partner in life is the Indian writer Kiran Desai, has set his latest novel in India. Intermittently, he teaches comparative literature and writing at Columbia University.


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