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Orhan Pamuk
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    (June 7, 1952- )
    Born in Istanbul, Turkey
    Full name is Ferit Orhan Pamuk
    Graduated from University of Istanbul (1976)
    Wrote 'Cevdet Bey and His Sons' (1982), 'The Silent House' (1983), 'The White Castle' (1985), 'The Black Book' (1990), 'The New Life' (1995), 'My Name Is Red' (2000), 'Snow' (2002), 'Istanbul: Memoirs and the City' (2003), and 'The Museum of Innocence' (2008)
    Received Nobel Prize in Literature (2006)
    He included his older brother into some of his works as a character.
    He divorced his wife after 19 years of marriage that produced a daughter. (2001)
    He has been accused of plagiarizing Fuad Carim's 'Istanbul in the Time of the Kanuni' in his own novel 'The White Castle'.
    His literary career is sometimes overshadowed by his controversial political views.
    He identifies himself as a cultural Muslim, meaning that he maintains cultural and historical connections with the religion but not believing in a personal connection with God.
    He is so dependent on writing that he never bothered taking a time off to enjoy life.
    His books address the issue of conflicting cultural values affecting one's identity.
    He supports the rights of Turkey's minority groups.
    He was put on trial for mentioning the Armenian Genocide and mass killings of Kurds in the Ottoman Empire (2005-January 22, 2006).
    The charges against him caused an international outcry on the status of freedom of speech in Turkey and support from various writers for his release.
    His books have even been burned during rallies.
    By the time he received his Nobel Prize, he sold over 200,000 copies, breaking the record on the best-selling recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
    He was the target of an assassination attempt by the nationalist group Ergenkon, but was told of the plans eight months before and escaped with his life as a result. (January 2008)
    After he was found 'guilty' of 'insulting the state', he was fined 6,000 liras. (March 27, 2011)

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