ISTANBUL (Today’s Zaman)–Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s first Nobel laureate in literature, was honored on Tuesday by the Norman Mailer Center in Massachusetts with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Norman Mailer Center and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony presented Pamuk with the 2010 Norman Mailer Lifetime Achievement Prize during the center’s annual benefit gala in New York, news agencies reported on Wednesday.
The Norman Mailer Society, a non-profit organization with around 300 members, was founded in 2003 to celebrate the legacy of Mailer, the author of some 40 novels and one of the most prolific American authors of the 20th century.
Pamuk, who attended the gala with his partner, the famous Indian-born author Kiran Desai, said in his acceptance speech that he was flattered by the prize.
“Norman Mailer worked as an author against the established American order for 60 years. He was the Victor Hugo of America. Being a recipient of this award is an honor. I’m elated,” the 58-year-old author was quoted as saying by the Cihan news agency.
Veteran American journalist Ruth Gruber and Rolling Stone magazine co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner were also honored at the gala, where over 500 high-profile guests were in attendance.
Pamuk, one of the most prominent representatives of contemporary Turkish literature, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. Also among his accolades is the German Publishers Association’s prestigious Peace Prize in 2005. Pamuk’s books have been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 7 million copies around the world, making him Turkey’s best-selling writer.