"Novels are political...because good fiction is about identifying with and understanding people who are not necessarily like us. By nature, all good novels are political because identifying with the other is political. At the heart of the 'art of the novel' lies the human capacity to see the world through others' eyes. Compassion is the greatest strength of the novelist."
--The Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, in an interview in the New York Times Book Review, Nov. 11, 2012.