Turkey’s bestselling novelist, Orhan Pamuk, has won the prestigious Peace Prize at Frankfurt’s annual book fair.
He is the second Turkish author to receive Germany’s highest literary honour.
Pamuk, whose writing is often lauded for straddling Europe and Asia, named the great European novelists as his biggest influences.
He also said he supported Ankara’s bid to join the EU and urged those against the move to realise that Europe is about peace.
“If Europe was taken with the spirit of enlightenment, equality and democracy, Turkey should have its place within such a peace-loving Europe,” he said.
“A Europe merely based on Christianity or any religion is unrealistic and not focused on the future,” he added.
Pamuk will be tried in December for allegedly insulting Turkish identity after making remarks about the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during the first World War.
If found guilty he faces three years in jail.