Orhan Pamuk, born June 7, 1952 in Istanbul, has long been one of Turkey’s best-selling novelists and in recent years has developed a growing following around the world. His books, now translated into 24 languages, explore the meeting of the Islamic and European worlds represented culturally and geographically by Turkey itself.

Orhan Pamuk was charged with insulting the Turkish Republic with statements published in a Swiss newspaper on February 6, 2005. Referring to the killings of thousands of Armenians between 1915-1917 and Kurdish Separatists since 1984, Pamuk is quoted as saying, “thirty thousand Kurds and a million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody but me dares to talk about it.” The charge, which spurred worldwide protest, has since been dropped.

In 2006, Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.  My Father’s Suitcase is the full text of the lecture he gave to the Swedish Academy when accepting the prize.