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STOCKHOLM - Prominent Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk won the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature.

The Swedish Academy said, "Pamuk, in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city, has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures."

Pamuk, who was born in Istanbul in 1952, studied architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. However, he left the architecture school after three years to become a full-time writer, and graduated from the Institute of Journalism at the University of Istanbul in 1976.

He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City from 1985 to 1988, a period which also included a visiting fellowship at the University of Iowa. He has lived in Istanbul his entire life other than those three years in the USA.

His first novel, "Karanlik ve Isik (Darkness and Light)", which was later published with a different title of "Cevdet Bey ve Ogullary (Mr. Cevdet and His Sons)" was co-winner of the 1979 Milliyet Press Novel Contest (Mehmet Eroglu was the other winner).

As one of Turkey's most prominent novelists, his work has been translated into more than forty languages.

He is the recipient of numerous Turkish and international literary awards.

Some of his works are "Sessiz Ev (The Silent House) - 1984", "Beyaz Kale (The White Castle) -1985", "Kara Kitap (Black Book) -1990", "Yeni Hayat (New Life) - 1995", "Benim Adim Kirmizi (My Name is Red) - 2000", "Kar (Snow) - 2002", "Istanbul: Hatiralar ve Sehir (Istanbul: Memories of a City) - 2005".

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