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Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk

ISTANBUL: Novelist Orhan Pamuk returned on Friday to Turkey for the first time since winning the Nobel prize for literature, and he said the award would not change his life. ``I am attached to my desk, to writing, to working and to my old habits,'' he told journalists at the airport. ``I will continue to be the novelist Orhan that you all know.'' Mr. Pamuk, a fellow at Columbia University in New York City, was in the U.S. when he won the prize in October. He said he would stay in Istanbul for three or four days before travelling to Stockholm, Sweden with his daughter, to receive his prize. Mr. Pamuk, author of novels such as ``Snow'' and ``My Name is Red,'' was tried earlier this year on charges of insulting his country. He was tried after a group of ultra-nationalist lawyers accused him of the crime of ``insulting Turkishness'' after the novelist told a Swiss newspaper that ``30,000 Kurds and one million Armenians were killed in these lands, and nobody but me dares to talk about it.''

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