April 9, 2008


POSTSCRIPT: Orhan Pamuk

A few words from the 2006 Nobel Laureate in literature:

The angel of inspiration (who pays regular visits to some and rarely calls on others) favors the hopeful and the confident, and it is when a writer feels most lonely, when he feels most doubtful about his efforts, his dreams, and the value of his writing -- when he thinks his story is only his story -- it is at such moments that the angel chooses to reveal to him stories, images and dreams that will draw out the world he wishes to build.

The writer who shuts himself up in a room and first goes on a journey inside himself will, over the years, discover literature's eternal rule: he must have the artistry to tell his own stories as if they were other people's stories, and to tell other people's stories as if they were his own, for this is what literature is.
For Pamuk's complete remarks, visit http://nobelprize.org/.

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