Literary Reflections

by Orhan Pamuk

From Nobel Prize–winning author Orhan Pamuk, the novel Snow paints a fantastic picture of daily life in Kars, a dreamlike town in the mountains of far eastern Turkey. Following an exiled poet who becomes stranded in Kars during a weeklong blizzard, the deeply layered story is an attempt to untangle the town’s history, the importance of poetry, the vicissitudes of belief, and the limits of reason.  Humorous and deeply sympathetic, Snow takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of the complex terrain of Turkish belief, politics, and personal expression.

New York: Everyman's Library/Alfred A. Knopf, 2004


Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, Orhan Pamuk is one of Turkey’s most prominent novelists. His work, including My Name Is Red (2000) and Istanbul: Memories and the City (2005), has been translated into more than forty languages. Pamuk, who was born in Istanbul in 1952, has received numerous prestigious international prizes and other honors, including the Prix  Méditerranée étranger, the Prix Médicis étranger, the Ricarda Huch Prize, and honorary membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He is the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.

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