The Roads Where Love Walked: An Excerpt from ‘Wûf’

Getting Turkish books published in English is tough. Publishers already have an idea of the types are marketable: those about the meeting of East and West, warfare and/or women’s rights. Stories that fall outside of these paradigms have a very difficult time finding a publisher. One reason for this seems to be publishers’ belief that … Continue reading The Roads Where Love Walked: An Excerpt from ‘Wûf’

‘The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi’ by Elif Shafak

The novel starts its lines with a stunner. Scented, beautiful words: “Between your fingers you hold a stone and throw it into flowing water. The effect might not be easy to see. There will be a small ripple where the stone breaks the surface and then a splash, muffled by the rush of the surrounding … Continue reading ‘The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi’ by Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak: Turkey’s versatile writer

Elif Shafak has always been a controversial writer in Turkey: Some critics and readers will refer to her as a potential Nobel Laureate – the second one Turkey would have after Orhan Pamuk. Others accuse her of political opportunism, shameless self-promotion and mediocrity in literature. Yet, her latest book, “The Three Daughters of Eve” continues … Continue reading Elif Shafak: Turkey’s versatile writer

An Excerpt from Ciler Ilhan’s ‘Exile’

'Exile,' is a book of 45 short stories written by the contemporary Turkish writer, Çilar Ilhan, and translated by Ayşegül Toroser Ateş. Many of the stories are told on a single page, or just a few pages total. Because of this, the book may be a perfect commuting read or book club pick for the … Continue reading An Excerpt from Ciler Ilhan’s ‘Exile’

Contemporary Turkish Women Writers Available in English Translation

Turkish literature is a rich, creative, wonderful treasure trove that is well worth exploring. I am delighted to have this opportunity to share works by extraordinary contemporary Turkish women authors whose works have been translated into English. If Turkish literature as a whole remains underrepresented in the global literary arena, Turkish women poets and writers … Continue reading Contemporary Turkish Women Writers Available in English Translation

‘Hiroshima Child’ a poem by Nazim Hikmet

'Hiroshima Child' I come and stand at every door But none can hear my silent tread I knock and yet remain unseen For I am dead for I am dead I'm only seven though I died In Hiroshima long ago I'm seven now as I was then When children die they do not grow My … Continue reading ‘Hiroshima Child’ a poem by Nazim Hikmet

‘A White Line Between Us’ by Çiğdem Kaplangi, illustrated by Seçil Çokan

Flora is the daughter of a family from the town of Ray. Since the radio in their house can get reception only from the neighboring town of Hur, little Flora learns to sing songs in Hurrish before even learns to speak! But this should be kept a secret! A hundred years ago there had been … Continue reading ‘A White Line Between Us’ by Çiğdem Kaplangi, illustrated by Seçil Çokan

‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit

The author Ahmet Ümit writes: ‘’The tales in this book, I heard from my mother. My mother heard them from a storyteller nearly sixty years ago. It seems my grandfather never thought twice about hiring a storyteller to warm the cockles of his little girl's heart. She listened to many stories, though she couldn't always … Continue reading ‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit

‘A Taste of Sun and Fire – Gaziantep Cookery,’ edited by Aylin Öney Tan

Ask most any Turkish citizen where to find the country’s most exciting food and the answer will inevitably be ‘Gaziantep’. Since 2015, when UNESCO recognized this south eastern province by listing it as a ‘Creative City’, word about the south eastern province’s rich and varied cuisine has spread beyond Turkey’s borders. Now, even foreign visitors … Continue reading ‘A Taste of Sun and Fire – Gaziantep Cookery,’ edited by Aylin Öney Tan

An Enduring Resonance: Turkey’s Jewish Voices

By Dayla Rogers The Ottoman Empire (1299-1923) was a mind-bogglingly diverse place. For nearly seven centuries all stripes of Muslim, Christian and Jewish people, falling into countless ethnic and linguistic groups, existed in relative harmony compared to Europe, where ghettos, pogroms and discrimination were commonplace. Sephardic Jews, defined as those of Spain and Portugal, were … Continue reading An Enduring Resonance: Turkey’s Jewish Voices