Two Swan Songs

Both Sylvia Plath and Nilgun Marmara made their statements in life and in their poetry. Plath wrote for about seven years (1956-1963) and gassed herself on February 11, aged 30. Marmara wrote for ten years (1977-87) and decided to end her life on October 13, 1987, aged 29. Plath’s and Marmara’s lives and...

Story of a House

In Sea Stones, which won the 2006 Yunus Nadi Prize, Yigit Okur narrates a love story about a group of people devoted to their belongings, living in a mansion during the era of transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. Okur talks about the struggles of the bourgeois within themselves and...

Towards Secrets

Prayers That Fall is the first novel by Sema Kaygusuz, a writer best known for her short stories. This multi-layered novel has recently become much talked about for its epic story-telling style and its language as well as its place in literature. Captivating from the very first page, Prayers That Fall has...

Every Street is a Dream

With her 28th book, The Street of Assorted Dreams, Nazli Eray takes the reader to the crowded streets of 1950s Argentina. The novel draws in the reader with a sequence of events, in which the line between dreams and reality is blurred, times and places intersect, and people coming from various other worlds...

Turkish Cuisine: The Natural Fusion

For the last 25 years, the foremost chefs around the world have been avoiding the ordinary recipes that are already known by everybody, and instead creating brand new flavours by blending various world cuisine techniques and ingredients. People fond of good food go from restaurant to restaurant and sometimes...

Literary Awards

For Turkish literature the most important prize of last year was undoubtedly The Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Orhan Pamuk. The Swedish Academy said of Pamuk ‘who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures’....

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