October 16, 2006

Saving it for the Speech

Filed under: literature, politics — ted @ 11:12 am

According to this AP article, Orhan Pamuk is planning to “use his acceptance speech to explain his views on several subjects.” Obviously.

The article goes on to explain that Pamuk is preparing “‘a thought piece in the good European tradition'”, which, I must say, is usually what authors prepare for their Nobel Speech. Even Pinter’s speech last year, which drew headlines because of its decidedly political, anti-American, nature, is primarily a discourse on truth.

What will be interesting is whether Pamuk addresses Turkey specifically, and particularly his legal troubles, or whether — and this is much more likely — he delivers an essay on the importance of free speech and the historical evils of censorship. The speech is scheduled for December 10.


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