• Recall this Book 53: That Demonic Novelistic Impulse: Orhan Pamuk with Bruce Robbins

    Author(s):
    Orhan Pamuk, John Plotz, Bruce Robbins
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Literature
    Item Type:
    Podcast
    Tag(s):
    Books
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/ycns-m173
    Abstract:
    In Episode Two of Novel Dialogue, critic and scholar Bruce Robbins sits down with Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. They have taught classes on the political novel together at Columbia for years, and it shows. They ask how the novel can ever escape its roots in middle-class sensibility and perspective: Joseph Conrad comes up, but so does modern Brazilian film. Then they discuss the demonic appeal of Russian novels and why retired military officers produced so many great Turkish translations of Russian novels. We hear tantalizing details about Pamuk's forthcoming pandemic novel, Nights of Plague. He discusses his move away from "highbrow ironical postmodernist" fiction and reveals his affection for talking about politics, along with his distaste for what the consequences of speaking out may be. "I am not shy about talking, but there are consequences!" Finally, he tells Novel Dialogue what he did to celebrate the news of his Nobel, which came on "a surrealistic day."
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