The Turkish author also revealed he is driven by passion, curiosity and even rage.
In a Nobel Prize lecture dedicated in large part to his late father, he said ”I write because I am angry at all of you, angry at everyone.”
He added ”I write because I never managed to be happy. I write to be happy.”
Pamuk, 54, is to collect his US$1.4 million award in a ceremony on Sunday.
By tradition, the literature prize winner delivers a lecture to the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.
Unlike last year’s winner Harold Pinter, Pamuk did not use his lecture for political commentary, but focused on the sometimes agonizing craft of writing.
In pronouncing the Istanbul-born writer the winner of its prestigious prize in October, the Swedish Academy said Pamuk ”in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.”
At a Stockholm press conference the writer was asked how winning the Nobel Prize had changed his life. He said it had not, except perhaps financially.