Maureen Freely is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Warwick and the president of English PEN. She is the author of seven novels and has translated five books by Orhan Pamuk. Her most recent book is Sailing Through Byzantium.

IN THE REVIEW

My Turkish Library

At the heart of my library is my father’s library. When I was seventeen or eighteen and began to devote most of my time to reading, I devoured the volumes my father kept in our sitting room as well as the ones I found in Istanbul’s bookshops. These were the …

Freedom to Write

The following was given on April 25 as the inaugural PEN Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Memorial Lecture. In March 1985 Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter made a trip together to Istanbul. At the time, they were perhaps the two most important names in world theater, but unfortunately, it was …

NYR DAILY

Seeing Istanbul Again

Sirkeci, Istanbul, 1964

Little by little, I translated myself out of Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul and back into my own. Word by word, I conjured up Istanbul circa 1962. And when I had succeeded in putting myself back there, it turned out not to be the paradise I remembered: the gold was laced with jealousy, confusion, and terror.