Blogs in December 2020

Every Fire You Tend 10th December 2020

In 1938, in the remote Dersim region of Eastern Anatolia, the Turkish Republic launched an operation to erase an entire community of Zaza-speaking Alevi Kurds. Inspired by those brutal events, and the survival of Kaygusuzs own grandmother, this densely...

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The Last Tram 10th May 2020

‘What I know about is absence; the endless geography of yearning… For Nedim Gürsel, the state of exile isn’t a static condition, applying to a single person in a specific place, but an entire landscape of longing, through which...

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Bliss 10th May 2020

Fifteen-year-old Meryem lives in a rural village in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. Her simple, conventional way of life changes dramatically after her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order, rapes her–and condemns her to death for shaming the family. Asked...

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The Carpet Weaver of Usak 25th May 2019

A haunting story of a deep friendship between two women, one Greek, one Turk. A friendship that transcends an era of mistrust, and fear, long after the wars have ended. “Springtime and early summer are always beautiful in Anatolia....

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Patasana 1st January 1970

This is the German version of this book. Patasana was the son and grandson of a palace scribe, who wrote his story and that of his father and grandfather onto tablets that were then sealed and are now being...

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