Sunday, October 15, 2006

And the Nobel in Literature goes to...

...queen_Lestat, for her remarkable Chronicles of Blaaaaahnia, a surreal look at the life and times of the retards of the world. Most of the chief protagonists hail from the land of Blaaaaahdium where the meaning of normal, decent behaviour and attitudes is completely forgotten.... *jhhhwwwiiinng goes the end of the film reel*

Nah just joking, the nonsense which I type here and which A-HEM is carefully monitored apparently by people who I'm not really sure should be reading this, isn't Nobel worthy, hell some of it lol isn't even blog worthy. But today's a very important day of the year for me. Today the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish novelist. Last year's was won by Harold Pinter, famous in literary and drama circles for the "Pinter pause". Anyway it seems as though the trend is to make anti-government comments and that'll get you into an honourable mention into the Nobel offices at least.

His writing reflects and interesting mix between east and west. The Western cultural reality with which the world is faced largely in the form of globalisation and the Eastern search for a spiritual and human side to life merges effortlessly in his writing, but at times the strain and the tussle for supremacy between the two is evident. Very post modern in his tussles between different ideological poles.

I've read Snow and My Name is Red. I enjoyed Snow tremendously, it's the story of trying to resolve traditional and religious beliefs with that of a fastly Westernising world. It is a story of a state which makes wearing hijaab (especially scarves) to university illegal.This of course starts a whole moral debate, blah blah blah, good read though My name is Red is a beautifully written mystery set in the Ottoman......


Blogger saaleha said...

poor dude being charged by the turkish gov for 'insulting turkishness', i'd say he's doing a pretty damn good job as brand ambassador.

October 21, 2006 10:47 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've been wanting to read My Name Is Red. it sounds really good and my inner book-beastie is hungry for something with substance. i sound snooty.

October 21, 2006 11:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"set in the Ottoman...." that lestat my dear queen has tweaked at my curiousity...i'm going to have to look it up...

but well done to Orhan Pamuk....
what is with me and reading books with inspirational messages lately?

October 21, 2006 4:45 pm  
Blogger Bilal said...

been so busy, haven't finished a book in ages!
still have so many waiting to be read- will add these to the list:)

Eid Mubarak if I dont pass by here again:)

October 23, 2006 12:24 am  
Blogger cellardoor said...

yep yep - some1 mentioned him once - will need 2 look him up.

eid mubarak!!

October 23, 2006 12:45 am  
Blogger The Organ Harvester said...

Oh people with an ounce more of intelligence will always be watched by the herd-like masses. That is until evolution will permit them the ability to speak and draw primitive drawings in caves and possibly char good meat and pass it off as cooked. Thank the Almighty for recessive genes and Death.


October 23, 2006 3:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Eid for Tuesday, Queen of Darkness and all things Vampire-y!

October 23, 2006 6:08 pm  
Blogger Bilal said...

yay- eb having some book thing this weekend:)

October 25, 2006 11:30 am  
Blogger zee said...

lol QL, it only seems Green Eyes picked up the post wasnt finished!!!

way da go Green Eyes! proves you're reading da post from start to finish:)

October 25, 2006 5:32 pm  
Anonymous fida said...

sounds too hectic :)

October 28, 2006 8:52 pm  
Blogger Faaiq said...

books noted. busy with a few right now. about 5 of them. 2 books at home, 1 at work, 1 in the car and 1 at buddie's place which i frequent. so i read whenever i have a chance to

October 30, 2006 11:39 am  
Blogger queen_Lestat said...

yeah I agree with zee. I was pressurised into blogging, i did. I didnt get a chance to say all the things of how cool it is that the dude cites William Faulkner as an inspiration (not many have read him and very few understand him, a late Modernist in the American Canon but most deep and complex) and he has a post modernist genius of sorts like Magaret Atwood as a fan. VIVA Orhan Pamuk, just for that alone...

And yes the post did end in mid sentence and I didn't even sign off. It was an experiment in the psychology of blogging so to speak.

PS you can thank ZEE for me giving you half a blog only.(a little experiment, shall we say oui?)

PPS And you can ALL thank MEE for sparing you guys my usual rant on literature and going into detail as though everyone is deeply interested in the topic, when it's just boring to most...



October 30, 2006 1:48 pm  

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