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ACCLAIMED TURKISH WRITER MAY FACE UP TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON

ISTANBUL, AUGUST 31, ARMENPRESS: The internationally renowned Turkish novelist, Orhan Pamuk, will stand before a court in Istanbul on December 16 for saying in an interview with the Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger that 1 million Armenians were murdered in his country during World War . “Almost no one dares to speak out this but me, and the nationalists hate me for that,” he said.

Pamuk may face a prison term from 6 months to 3 years for, as Turkish prosecutors put it “groundless claims against the Turkish identity, the Turkish military and Turkey as a whole.”

Pamuk the author of six novels and the recipient of major Turkish and international literary awards, has had his work translated into more than 20 languages. His most recent novel is “My Name Is Red.” Pamuk’s latest novel, “Kar,” (Snow), translated by Maureen Freely, has been included in The New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of the Year” list prepared by the daily’s “Book Review” section. The review, published every Sunday, has selected 100 notable books from all those it has reviewed since Dec. 7, 2003.

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