Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday congratulated prominent novelist Orhan Pamuk who won the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature, saying the prize would make valuable contributions to promotion of Turkish literature in the world.
A statement issued by the foreign ministry welcomed the Swiss Academy's decision to award Turkish writer Pamuk the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature.
"He themed his books with elements coming from Turkey's history. We congratulate him. We believe that the prize will make valuable contributions to promotion of Turkish literature in the world," the statement said.
"Pamuk, in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city, has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures," said the Swedish Academy.
Born in Istanbul in 1952, Pamuk then studied architecture at the Istanbul Technical University.
Later, he left the architecture school after three years' study to become a full-time writer and graduated from the Institute of Journalism at the University of Istanbul in 1976.
Pamuk was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City from 1985 to 1988, a period which also included a visiting fellowship at the University of Iowa. He has lived in Istanbul his entire life other than those three years in the United States.
His first novel "Karanlik ve Isik (Darkness and Light)", which was later published with a different title of "Cevdet Bey ve Ogullari (Mr. Cevdet and His Sons)", was co-winner of the 1979 Milliyet Press Novel Contest (Mehmet Eroglu was the other winner).
As one of Turkey's most prominent novelists, Pamuk is the recipient of numerous Turkish and international literary awards. His works have been translated into more than forty languages.