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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:18 pm
Orhan Pamuk Safe for the Moment
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Guardian (“‘Plot to kill’ Nobel laureate,” by Richard Lea):

Thirteen people have been arrested in Turkey as part of an investigation into an ultra-nationalist gang reported to be planning the assassination of Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

According to reports in the Turkish press, the author of international bestsellers including My Name is Red was targeted as part of a campaign to sow chaos in preparation for a military coup, scheduled for 2009.

Not to make light of a terrible situation, but I wonder if Pamuk (Other Colors, 2007) and Salman Rushdie (Shalimar the Clown, 2005) should form a support group.

OK, I guess that does make light of the situation, but it’s only possible because–thankfully–they’re both still with us.

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