Pamuk Cancels Germany Appearances


By Carmen Comment

Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has canceled a publicity tour of Germany amid fears for his safety following the murder of Turkish-Armenian editor Hrant Dink, the Guardian reports. Hanser Verlag, Pamuk’s German publisher, confirmed that the celebrated author had called off a string of book readings in Hamburg, Cologne and Stuttgart. He was also due to receive an honorary degree at Berlin’s Free University on Friday.

Dink’s murder was also cited as the reason Elif Shafak – who, like Pamuk, faced trials for “insulting Turkishness” before an acquittal was handed down – sharply curtailed her US book tour for THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL last week.