How to Talk To Turkey

Orhan Pamuk is Turkey's most widely read living author. His fame and his liberal views have made him a symbol of Turkish aspirations to join the European Union. But the decision of a Turkish state prosecutor to try him for "publicly denigrating" the nation reinforced European ambivalence — in some cases, outright hostility — toward admitting the mainly Muslim country.

Pamuk is due to face trial in December for comments made to the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger in February in which he criticized Turkey's refusal to discuss the mass killings of Armenians at the start of the last century,...

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