Other Colours

Other Colors: A non-fiction written by Ferit Orhan Pamuk

What does a note mean to a writer? I don’t know the answer at first. The worse was that I could not discover the importance of making notes to a writer. I was so naive to think that the way a writer works was less complicated than a process engineer in a chemical factory: first, determine the existing chemical reactions and the overall process outflow; second, define the raw materials and products in order to calculate the material and energy balance; and, third, optimize the way utility system works. Apparently, the way a marvelous writer works is much more harder and complex than a common process engineer since the first tends to work in greater details. To an excellent writer, like Ferit Orhan Pamuk for instance, there is nothing useless. Any information, any experience is valuable to his career. I got this finding when I read Other Colors: Essays and A Story, a book composed by Orhan Pamuk, the celebrated Turkish writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006

Being a writer is special since it means that you let people read you. It is not only the work(s) that can be read, but you’re readable also. The more people follow you and your works anytime you publish them, it means that the more people read and assess the degree of your maturity. I personally gain this understanding by reading the works of Orhan Pamuk. I myself at first thought that it was produced by my ego; that I can see the evolution of a wonderful mind eventually. However, it is not the finding that thrilling, but the fact that there is a continuous learning process and the maturity of ego of the writer; and those are not coincidences. As the time proceeds, Orhan Pamuk manages to step aside his ego and results in improved works like My Name is Red and Snow. Amazingly, Orhan Pamuk seemed to have anticipated the outcomes of his works through the aid of personal notes. And, his book entitled Other Colors is the compilation of those notes.

If one is willing to read it more, then he or she will discover that the book is more than a work of autobiographical approach. Psychologists may say that people like Orhan Pamuk suffers from what they call low latent inhibition; something that drives him focus more and acquire more intense awareness than anyone else on the same spot and time. Those mental experts might perceive it as sort of sickness, something shockingly unacceptable to broader member of society. But, less people know that such trait is indispensable to creating magnificent works; that notable and great figures in history of mankind possess such attitude. Now, back to Other Colors, Orhan Pamuk wrote his observation, his feeling and his assessment on everything that interests him in astonishing ways. To Orhan Pamuk, nothing is useless. He cherished every moment he had with his daughter, with his father, even with Turkish barbers and the windows of his house and described them all using his wonderful first person POV style. Everything is beautiful to him. Everything has its own meaning, that God doesn’t create anything for nothing. Such spiritual content makes Other Colors not only important to future writers, but also to those who want to discover the meaning of their life. What are you waiting for? Go read the book, will you? 🙂


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