Aydın Doğan Award to Orhan Pamuk
The 19th Aydın Doğan Award will be presented to writer Orhan Pamuk.The 19th Aydın Doğan Award will be presented to Turkey’s Nobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk, after the Aydın Doğan Foundation Executive Board Committee decided to dedicate this year’s award to the field of novels.
The selection committee, which is headed by Hürriyet Publishing Consultant Doğan Hızlan and made up of İnci Enginün, Nüket Esen, Semih Gümüş, Handan İnci, Turan Karataş, Jale Parla, Ömer Türkeş and Metin Celal Zeynioğlu, held a meeting on Feb. 6 and unanimously decided to present the award to Pamuk. They said he was rewarded for “masterfully bringing together the eastern and western poles and being one of masters representing Turkish novels in the world.”
The Aydın Doğan Award has been organized by the Aydın Doğan Foundation since 1996 in the name of its founder. Every year the award is given to one person in a different field. The fields for the awards are determined in accordance with current issues and the preferences of the public.
On Dec. 2, 2014, the first edition of Pamuk’s most popular novel in the U.S., “Kar” (Snow), was purchased for $13,000 at an auction held by Christie’s in New York. The Nobel laureate’s latest novel “Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık,” (A Strangeness in My Mind,) hit the market in Turkey on Dec. 9, 2014.