Am completely with what PrufrockTwo says about Orhan Pamuk’s Nobel win in this succinct post - starting with the headline, “Next time it better be Roth”. (It better, better, better, BETTER!) I loved Snow and My Name is Red, and liked Istanbul (my review here), but Pamuk really is too young at 54. (SMS from Hurree Babu yesterday: “I think the Nobel chaps got a bit worried - Sebald and Ananta Toer died before they got theirs, so they probably thought it best to give it to Pamuk before he got bumped off by mad Turks.”)
Anyway, it was a good decision from the political perspective, and it’s greatly pleased nearly everyone I know, so I’ll stop nitpicking. Except to say that I do hope Pamuk’s best work is still to come.