The Anger of the Damned (written October 2001, and reprinted in Striking Terror: America’s New War, 2002, trans. Mary Isin)


by Orhan Pamuk (1952 - 0)

An example of how the personal essay form can be used to say something both more simple and profound than any amount of in-depth commentary by political journalists.

Starting with his own reactions to seeing 9/11 unfold on TV in an Istanbul coffeehouse, the Nobel-winning novelist describes the humiliation and resentment that lay behind the anti-Americanism he encountered within certain Turkish strangers’ reactions that day. Pamuk wrote in the hope of preventing glib talk of a clash between ‘East and West’ – the kind of mistaken historical analysis that has obscured Turkey’s domestic political battles, in which Pamuk is a veteran.

Related recommendation: Gore Vidal’s ‘Black Tuesday’ alternatively titled ‘September 11, 2001 (A Tuesday)’ in Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, 2002, and Selected Essays: Gore Vidal, 2007

Origin: Turkey

Themes: America, Emancipation and Justice

Genres: Familiar or Personal, Polemical or Political , Topical essay or article

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