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22/06/2005Orhan Pamuk wins 2005 Book Trade Peace Prize
22 June 2005
FRANKFURT - Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, 53, has won this year's German Book Trade Peace Prize for his literary work in which "Europe and Islamic Turkey find a place for one another", the prize committee announced in Frankfurt on Wednesday.
Pamuk, whose novels 'Snow', 'My Name is Red' and 'The White Castle' have been widely translated, lives in Istanbul.
The annual prize, handed over during the Frankfurt Book Fair every October, is for writing that contributes to reconciliation. It is funded by the Boersenverein, Germany's association of publishers and booksellers, and is worth EUR 25,000 this year.
The prize committee said Pamuk had pursued "the traces of the West in the East, and of the East in the West".
Last year's winner was Hungarian author Peter Esterhazy and the 2003 winner was Susan Sontag of the United States.
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