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  • 1979 Milliyet Press Novel Contest Award (Turkey) for his novel Karanlık ve Işık (co-winner)
  • 1983 Orhan Kemal Novel Prize (Turkey) for his novel Cevdet Bey and His Sons
  • 1984 Madarali Novel Prize (Turkey) for his novel The House of Silence
  • 1990 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (United Kingdom) for his novel The White Castle
  • 1991 Prix de la Découverte Européenne (France) for the French edition of Sessiz Ev : La Maison de Silence
  • 1991 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Turkey) Best Original Screenplay Secret Face
  • 1995 Prix France Culture (France) for his novel Kara Kitap : Le Livre Noir
  • 2002 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (France) for his novel My Name Is Red : Mon Nom est Rouge
  • 2002 Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy) for his novel My Name Is Red
  • 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (Ireland) for his novel My Name Is Red
  • 2005 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (Germany)
  • 2005 Prix Médicis Etranger (France) for his novel Snow : La Neige
  • 2005 Ricarda-Huch Prize
  • 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature (Sweden)
  • 2006 Washington University's Distinguished Humanist Award (United States)
  • 2006 Puterbaugh Award (United States)
  • 2008 Ovid Award (Romania)
  • 2010 Norman Mailer Prize, Lifetime Achievement (USA)
  • 2012 Sonning Prize (Denmark)
  • 2012 Legion D'honneur (France)
  • 2014 The Mary Lynn Kotz Award (USA) for The Innocence of Objects
  • 2014 Tabernakul Prize (FYR Macedonia)
  • 2014 The European Museum of the Year Award (Estonia)

Doctorates (Honorary Degrees)

  • 2007 Free University of Berlin, Department of Philosophy and Humanities
  • 2007 Tilburg University
  • 2007 Boğaziçi University, Department of Western Languages and Literatures
  • 2007 Georgetown University
  • 2008 Madrid University
  • 2003 American University of Beirut

Honours

  • 2008 Membership of the American Academy for Arts and Literature
  • 2008 Membership of the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences
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