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Orhan Pamuk: ‘My country is going towards authoritarianism’

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The Turkish author Orhan Pamuk tells us why evoking father figures in his latest novel “The Red-Haired Woman” is part of a larger reflection on power dynamics. We talk about his accidental muse, the city of Istanbul, and the East-West culture clash at the centre of his literary trajectory. The Nobel Prize winner jokes about the fact that he still has a bodyguard in the fraught democracy of modern-day Turkey, even though he doesn’t consider himself to be a “political writer”.

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