British author and playwright Harold Pinter, who was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature yesterday afternoon, visited Turkey some 20 years ago, along with American writer Athur Miller, who was at the time the president of the international writers' group, PEN. When they arrived in Turkey in 1985, Pinter and Miller were picked up from the airport by Turkish authors Orhan Pamuk and Gunduz Vassaf. The purpose behind Pinter and Miller's visits to Istanbul and Ankara was to protest the jailing and purported torture of Turkish writers, and to this end, Pinter and Miller made an infamous visit to the US Embassy in Ankara to register their complaints on the behalf of PEN.
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