Monsieur Flaubert, c'est moi!
March 23, 2009 2:40 AM Subscribe
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Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk
has been awarded an honorary doctorate
from the University of Rouen in France and gave a speech
in which he describes, as an aspiring young writer in Turkey in the 70's, the comfort and guidance he got from a certain letter written from Istanbul by Flaubert
.I read Flaubert’s letters in the 1970s as if reading the hagiography of a Sufi sheikh. This variety of traditional worship predicated on memorising the words and imitating the life of the venerated recluse-author, precisely because he was a Westerner, was infused with an aura of modernism rather than being subject to critical thought, analytical reasoning, or the stamp of blind devotion.
It goes on to become an analysis of a writer's life ethics and the influence Flaubert had and has on celebrated writers.
Some of Flaubert's correspondence is online
, by the way. Most of it in french