The extent of the violence against women, and of the present pandemic of rape in particular, has reached such overwhelming proportions across the globe, that even battle-hardened feminists of long...
Does the text command us not through its literary force but through the power of real suffering?
Sara Ahmed: If those who have had the power to decide what we are to do and how we are to be are threatened, it is often because they sense they can no longer take their power for granted.
Calling out on everyone who is trying to understand Turkey through sociology, dialectics, the principle of natural rights, liberal legalism, or conservative politics: You are on the wrong track...
GÖKHAN YAVUZ DEMİR
Margaret Litvin: It might feel frivolous in the middle of a political crisis to sit and have a conversation about, say, Shakespeare. You can almost hear the fiddles and see the flames
MURAT ŞEVKİ ÇOBAN
News that the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature would be bestowed upon Kazuo Ishiguro initially came as a surprise, but on second thought it became apparent that this was an attempt at regaining our...
Ishiguro, Stiglitz, Alexievich among Nobel laureates urging Turkish president to restore rule of law and “reclaim membership of free world”
Lidia Yuknavitch: The slight optimism I feel comes from the idea that the fight goes on, in every era, to stand up to those forces who would murder our humanity and end existence
In an interview with K24, author Colson Whitehead, whose novel Underground Railway won many awards, including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, talks about his book and the history of...
How I discovered a tender new ‘theater of cruelty' in the work of Greek artist Maro Michalakakos and what it showed me about fear and freedom…
Though he pitched his tent on the periphery of his own academic community, Şerif Mardin commanded through the authority of an original mind
There are two opposing poles in Aslı Erdoğan’s writing: her working style that never stops being objective in her definitions despite all the poeticality of The City in Crimson Cloak, and the...
Maureen Freely on her late father John Freely: "His first guide was Evliya Çelebi. During our first week in Istanbul, in September 1960, he found a century-old translation of Evliya’s...
Altan’s four-novel series to be published in English by Europa Editions with the Italian version published by Edizioni e/o. Both houses are run by Elena Ferrante’s publisher Sandro Ferri
Olivier Roy: The freedom of press is under control, the judiciary is under control and there is no more separation of powers, which is the base of a liberal state. It’s what we call “illiberal...
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