Emily Apter, New York University (author of The Translation Zone. A New Comparative Literature)
"Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy analyzes more than the Turkish Nobel laureate, more than the Turkish novel, and more than Turkish politics.It makes sense of the contradictory interactions among Pamuk, his writing, his homeland’s Ottoman past and present anxieties about the role of Islam in a secular state.Göknar helps us better understand Pamuk and Turkey by highlighting the politics of literary life in a globalizing age."
Walter Andrews, University of Washington (author of The Age of Beloveds: Love and the Beloved in Early Modern Ottoman Culture and Society)
"The greatest strength of Göknar’s study is the insight he provides into Pamuk’s position within the tradition of Turkish literary and cultural modernity. Göknar’s vast knowledge of Turkish literature and Ottoman culture provides a crucial context for reading Pamuk’s novels. To be sure, there are other paths to exploring Pamuk and his literary influenceshis essays and memoirs are full of references to and reverence for European literature and modernity, so to ignore them would be a disservice to any scholarly reading. However, Göknar has provided a much needed corrective to those who seek to read Pamuk primarily from a Western perspective, as well as to those in Turkey who argue that he has betrayed his own literary and cultural heritage. As such, Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand one of contemporary literature’s most important voices."
David N. Coury, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
CritCom, Council for European Studies