Freedom to Create Gala with Orhan Pamuk

28 Oct 2022


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh:

This year's celebration is taking place at Alphabet City on Friday, October 28th at 7:00 PM. The evening will honor Nobel Prize Laureate Orhan Pamuk.

The evening includes a private reception and dinner by 40 North at Alphabet City. Valet parking will be provided.

Nights of Plague: New book by Orhan Pamuk

From the the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature: Part detective story, part historical epic—a bold and brilliant novel that imagines a plague ravaging a fictional island in the Ottoman Empire.

It is April 1900, in the Levant, on the imaginary island of Mingheria—the twenty-ninth state of the Ottoman Empire—located in the eastern Mediterranean between Crete and Cyprus. Half the population is Muslim, the other half are Orthodox Greeks, and tension is high between the two. When a plague arrives—brought either by Muslim pilgrims returning from the Mecca or by merchant vessels coming from Alexandria—the island revolts.

Steeped in history and rife with suspense, Nights of Plague is an epic story set more than one hundred years ago, with themes that feel remarkably contemporary.

"One of the most interesting books I’ve read this year...[Pamuk] flout[s] the normal rules of storytelling...And yet none of these infringements of literary convention seems to matter much when set against the exuberance of Pamuk’s invention...a compendium of literary experiments, ludic, audacious, exasperating and entertaining."
--Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Guardian

Event Date: 
Friday, October 28, 2022 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Sponsored By: 
City of Asylum
Alphabet City