I recently made fun of a popular author because she claimed she didn't know of many African-American authors, and maybe it wasn't her own ignorance that was at fault, but the higher illiteracy rate among African-Americans!! Ignorance has many faces.
So I said, hey, I don't know any Turkish authors, but that's probably because I haven't taken the trouble to find out - so today, a Turkish author wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Now I know of one. (Actually, my brother was just recently recommending this writer to me. but I had already forgotten his name)