Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk says Nights Of Plague is one of his most political novels

Turkish author Orhan Pamuk had been wanting to write a plague novel for 40 years. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORHAN PAMUK
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SINGAPORE – In Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel, a plague breaks out on a fictional island in the Ottoman Empire.

The idea for the book was not sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic – the Turkish Nobel laureate had already been writing it by then – although current events make it seem strangely prophetic.

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