Interesting. The system has detected my ambivalence about writing more and chose to exclude this following paragraph from my previous post. (I think it was because I had put it in between "less than" and "greater than" signs, somehow html took that as a sign to discard.)
I have written quite a few paragraphs, deleted and re-written them, I have much more to discuss on this topic but I don't know how to do it in writing. All the Turkish novels and stories I have read contained social and political criticism. It is impossible to write about a country like Turkey without criticizing the Turkish mentality or mentioning corruption, bribery, police brutality, government policies etc. Those books were written for Turkish people. They were later translated into many other languages (Aziz Nesin was translated to over 40 languages). That is different than purposefully writing just for the Western audience, with the goal (and in some cases with the promise) of great material gains. That brings me to Orhan Pamuk. I have always questioned the motives of some of the other nobel prize winners such as Soljenitsin. I did not question the motive of White Tiger, to me it was simply a good book. I ended up writing anopther long paragraph, before I delete this as well, I should just say "hope we can talk in person one day."