Why we need to translate Seray Şahiner

The first time I read Seray Şahiner’s work was almost ten years ago when her initial collection of short stories Gelin Başı (Bridal Hair) came out. I was immediately struck by her powerful and unfeigned writing. Never two-dimensional, her characters popped out of the pages full flesh, blood, tears and laughs. Already then, I had … Continue reading Why we need to translate Seray Şahiner

An Excerpt from ‘Soraya’ by Meltem Yılmaz

  Turkey is hosting an estimated 2.5 million Syrian people who have fled the conflict areas of Syria. Can you imagine 2.5 million refugees coming to your country? Truly, watching the response of Turkish people in Istanbul to their visiting neighbors from Syria is awe-inspiring. Turks are famous for their hospitality, and the same hospitality … Continue reading An Excerpt from ‘Soraya’ by Meltem Yılmaz

Halide Edib: The Indian Connection

  Halide Edib's "Inside India" was first published in 1937 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd, but remained unnoticed for many years. Then in 2002, Oxford University Press reprinted it with an introduction by the eminent historian of India, Prof. Mushirul Hasan, who also served as vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (translation: Community Islamic University), in … Continue reading Halide Edib: The Indian Connection

Graphic Novels from Turkey

Foreign teachers of English in Turkey quickly learn that many Turkish parents want their children to grow up to be either a doctor or an engineer. Those were the safest choices in earlier generations, and parents are occasionally reluctant to believe in the new expanded choices available in a booming Turkey.  Children are expected to … Continue reading Graphic Novels from Turkey

‘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

‘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