July 05, 2020
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Hullabaloo in the Orhan Pamuk-Kiran Desai nest: the Nobel and the Booker winner have ended their two-year relationship

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A Nest, Unfeathered

There is some hullabaloo in the Orhan Pamuk-Kiran Desai nest. The Puck tells us the literary ‘item’ couple—he the Nobel winner, she the Booker—have ended their two-year relationship. Sadly, the break-up was acrimonious, with both the celebrated writers hurling abuses at each other. The tipping point seems to have been Kiran’s discovery of many other amours Orhan was conducting while in the relationship with her. There is also talk of him fathering a child through one of these dalliances. The literati is speculating about who the reason for break-up could be. One guess is an American-born writer, who’s also been Pamuk’s long-standing translator and close friend. But the news has come as a shock, as at the 2011 Jaipur Lit Fest it was tough to even tear them apart for their respective sessions. In fact, many thought their formal marriage was just round the corner. But, alas, that’s not to be. For now, there’s only bitterness to collect, like the dolorous Kemal in The Museum of Innocence.

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