Orhan Pamuk: The story of Istanbul

Old Plate from Turkey

In reviewing my notes from Shawna’s presentation on October 29, 2019 of prolific Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, what jumps out at me now, in this one month of physical distancing, is the book Balkon. Over a five-month period (2012-13) Mr. Pamuk took over 8,000 photos of Istanbul from his balcony (Wikipedia) resulting in this photo journal, as well as an art exhibition in 2019. Let’s hope we don’t have four months to go, but what an inspiration!

Shawna began her presentation with a quote, which I caught in my handwritten notes. In other words, this may not be word-for-word.

I ran away but I returned and will continue to tell its story. This is the best place I know. (Orhan Pamuk)

This author, who had early aspirations to be a painter, then architect, eventually painted word pictures — so well that his Turkish books are translated worldwide, and have received many prestigious awards, including the 2006 Nobel Prize.

CLICK HERE to find out why Shawna enjoys Orhan Pamuk so much and why you might too.

(A note on the image: The Turkish plate is one I received from my worldly Uncle George, who was born in Victorian times. Viewed from the back, you would see that the plate was badly broken and considerably mended, showing how much the art was treasured by my Uncle. Still is! Janet Halls)

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