May 10, 2012

Nobel Winner Pamuk Opens Novel Museum in Istanbul

Pamuk set out "not to do a spectacular or monumental museum but something in the backstreets, something that represents the daily life of the city," he told a news conference after a press preview.

Situated in a bright, wine-red building in the district of Cukurcuma, the Museum of Innocence houses real and fabricated artifacts from everyday Turkish life between 1950 and 2000, in an homage both to the novel and to Pamuk's Istanbul.

"Our daily lives are honorable, and their objects should be preserved. It's not all about the glories of the past," he said. "It's the people and their objects that count."

He conceived of the museum more than a decade ago, at the same time he came up with the idea for the novel. A New York Times bestseller, "The Museum of Innocence" was his first book after winning the 2006 Nobel prize for literature.

Read more on Reuters: Nobel Winner Pamuk Opens Novel Museum in Istanbul

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