Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Nobel Laureate Cancels Trip to Germany

The Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk has decided to cancel a trip to Germany in the light of the recent murder of the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Threats shouted at Pamuk by the alleged mastermind behind that murder seem to have persuaded the author to keep a low profile for the time being.

The celebrated Turkish writer was due to receive an honorary doctorate at Berlin's Free University on Friday before embarking on a reading tour of major German cities. Pamuk's German publisher, Carl Hanser Verlag, and the Free University confirmed Wednesday media reports that the author had cancelled the trip at short notice.

Read the rest at Roncesvalles.

1 comment:

Jason Pappas said...

Islam and a liberal order are incompatible. A philosophy teacher in France, a cartoonist in Denmark, a journalist in Turkey, a novelist in London … the list grows. The freedom an intellectual requires isn’t possible when the specter of Islam looms large.