Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Discussion: My Name is Red with talk from translator Erdağ Göknar - 2:00 PM

In connection to the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, the Nasher Museum is hosting two discussions of My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Duke professor Erdağ Göknar, mixes mystery and religious conflict in sixteenth-century Istanbul. This novel entertains and challenges as it explores the conflict of European and Islamic principles in an expanding world.  In 2003, My Name is Red won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, an honor for both the author and the translator.  In 2006, Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Erdağ Göknar, the translator, is Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies at Duke University.  His most recent work, Orhan Pamuk, Secularism, and Blasphemy: The Politics of the Turkish Novel, examines the context of Pamuk’s writing.  The Nasher Museum is honored to host a talk by Dr. Göknar, preceding the November 17 discussion of My Name is Red.  Readers are invited to bring questions about the novel and to discuss this thought-provoking look at Islamic culture.


My Name is Red is available in the Nasher Museum Store.  If you have questions about book discussions, please contact Jessica Ruhle, Associate Curator of Education, at