Coups in Turkey helped create a multifaceted testimonial literature. They may even be considered to have created literary movements named after the interventions of March 12 and September 12
ÇİMEN GÜNAY ERKOL
Per Wästberg: Freedom has always been precarious in Turkey, but now it has reached a ‘breaking point.’ Today, remembering Turkey was once a prospective EU member; that moment has passed
MURAT ŞEVKİ ÇOBAN
In The Red-Haired Woman, Orhan Pamuk hides behind the tumult of the tragedies of Oedipus and Sohrab the desire to ‘become a writer.’ The element of ‘the well’ here alludes to the novel’s...
In his novel Endgame, Altan creates a town that turns from paradise into the scene of a catastrophe as the setting for his story. Through this allegory, Altan makes an allusion to the Turkish...
Judith Butler, Antonio Negri, Edgar Morin join signers of letter in support of Turkish writers; Roberto Saviano dedicates award to Altan brothers
Number of international writers and scholars supporting letter protesting persecution of Altan brothers and other prominent writers reaches 217
Third Nobel Prize winner joins chorus of protest demanding Altan brothers’ immediate release
Nobel laureates, novelists, professors, and publishers condemn government vendetta and demand Altan brothers’ immediate release
Ahmed Midhat’s Dürdane Hanım contains disparate elements of social and moral criticism in a highly charged emotional context that even today keeps the reader quickly turning pages to find out...
The late Halil İnalcık's major contributions to the study of the Ottoman Empire helped ensure that the empire took its place on the shelves of world history...
A Song of Good and Evil is about how we as individuals and as societies retain our dignity and moral perspective. “Personal stories matter,” Philippe Sands concludes, and we never fear he is...
Learning Ottoman Turkish isn’t enough. Once you know the language, you have to forget everything you’ve learned about the Ottoman Empire, stand up for those rotting and looted archives you’ve...
DAVID SELİM SAYERS
The AKP wants Ottoman to be taught in schools. Fine, so do I. But which Ottoman?
İRVİN CEMİL SCHİCK
Philippe Sands: It seems clear that Turkey right now appears to be having a problem in engaging with some of the most fundamental rights including freedom of expression
Jamie Byng: I think a lot of time and effort is not put into allowing readers to discover the things published in the past. Great books seem to be timeless. We don’t spend enough time as an...
MURAT ŞEVKİ ÇOBAN
Lately there has been an increase in the number of scholars and translators of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Brad Gooch, Jane Ciabattari, Prof. Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Murat Umut İnan, and Emine Tuğcu...
How well do readers really understand The Time Regulation Institute? In this piece Armağan Ekici examines the new English translation of Tanpınar’s novel, together with its new introduction and...
Maureen Freely: When I first sat down to write, I never imagined I’d be writing so many books set in Istanbul. I have since discovered that authors don’t choose their subjects. It is, for...
In life, time is the master of the writer, but in writing, the writer is the master of time. I believe that this is one of the most important reasons why literature is a retreat for the writer