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"That is a fanciful, very dangerous idea, and so many people have been killed" because of it.
Orhan Pamuk'big prizeBringing up and talking about the massacre of more than a million Armenians by Turks in 1915 is the reason of winning the Nobel prize.If you are not a westerner you must defame your country ,culture or religion to be elegible for the big prize.
anonymous,If you are saying that there are always politics involved in the awarding of such prizes, I have to agree with you. But, if you are saying the REASON Pamuk received the prize is that he "defamed" his country, I disagree. There are people who defame Islam and they get rewarded. Pamuk is not one of them. It's important not to lump everyone together. I think the publicity he got because of the controversy may have helped move him up the list, but that's not the whole story.Do you think Naguib Mahfouz "defamed" his country and that was the reason he won the big prize?I would also disagree with your choice of the words "defamed his country and culture and religion." He criticized in Turkey, addressing his own Turkish people and government, the amnesia regarding the Armenians and Kurds. He was addressing his won coutrymen and government. How is this defamation? Why can't they just respond to his words with words of their own? Why throw him in jail? Do you think someone who has a different opinion from the majority or the government should be thrown into jail? Or maybe he should just be tarred and feathered and run out of town?
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