Acclaimed Turkish writer may face up to 3 years in prison

ACCLAIMED TURKISH WRITER MAY FACE UP TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON

Armenpress
Aug 31, 2005

ISTANBUL, AUGUST 31, ARMENPRESS: The internationally renowned
Turkish novelist, Orhan Pamuk, will stand before a court in Istanbul
on December 16 for saying in an interview with the Swiss daily
Tagesanzeiger that 1 million Armenians were murdered in his country
during World War . “Almost no one dares to speak out this but me,
and the nationalists hate me for that,” he said.

Pamuk may face a prison term from 6 months to 3 years for, as Turkish
prosecutors put it “groundless claims against the Turkish identity,
the Turkish military and Turkey as a whole.”

Pamuk the author of six novels and the recipient of major Turkish and
international literary awards, has had his work translated into more
than 20 languages. His most recent novel is “My Name Is Red.” Pamuk’s
latest novel, “Kar,” (Snow), translated by Maureen Freely, has been
included in The New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of the Year” list
prepared by the daily’s “Book Review” section. The review, published
every Sunday, has selected 100 notable books from all those it has
reviewed since Dec. 7, 2003.

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