A Month of Turkish Literature via Global Literature in Libraries Initiative | Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

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Recommended for a One Book program:

‘Bliss’ by O.Z. Livaneli

(O.Z. Livaneli’s ‘Bliss’ was chosen for the Missouri Southern State University ‘One Book’ program.    As a man who has made the globe his home, and since he is both a writer and a composer, he seems strangely under-utilized by Western universities for cultural exchange). ‘Bliss’ is his only title that has been translated into English. I’m trying to wait patiently for the other books to be translated – Turkish friends rave about them! This week, two of his books are #1 and #5 on the bestseller list here in Turkey).

‘My Grandmother: An Armenian-Turkish memoir’ by Fethiye Çetin

‘Never Regret the Pain: Loving and Losing a Bi-Polar Spouse by Sel Erder Yackley

‘The Entrusted Trousseau – Peoples of the Exchange” by Kemal Yalçın (not yet in English)

‘Soraya’ by Meltem Yılmaz

Titles from ‘Usurping Words: Turkey’s Coup Literature’

Recommended for Photography Lovers:

Ara Güler’s Istanbul: 40 Years of Photographs

Kurds Through the Photographer’s Lens

Recommended for Book Club Discussions:

Titles from ‘Ottoman / Turkish Autobiographical Women’s Narratives, 19th Century to Early 20th Century’

Contemporary Turkish Women Writers

‘Exile’ by Çiler İlhan

‘Three Daughters of Eve’ by Elif Shafak

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

‘Wuf’ by Kemal Verol

‘On India’ by Halide Edib

‘The Time Regulation Institute’ by Ahmet Hamdı Tanpınar 

Titles from ‘Usurping Words: Turkey’s Coup Literature’

‘Soraya’ by Meltem Yılmaz (not yet published in English) 

‘The Entrusted Trousseau – Peoples of the Exchange” by Kemal Yalçın (not yet in English)

‘Never Regret the Pain: Loving and Losing a Bi-Polar Spouse by Sel Erder Yackley

‘My Grandmother: An Armenian-Turkish memoir’ by Fethiye Çetin

‘A Strangeness In My Mind’ by Orhan Pamuk

‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’ by Sabahattin Ali

‘Gavur Mahallesi’ by Mıgırdiç Margosyan

‘Voices From the Front: Turkish Soldiers on the War With Kurdish Guerillas’

‘The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East’

‘The Kurds of Turkey: National, Religious and Economic Identities’

Memoirs:

‘Ottoman / Turkish Autobiographical Women’s Narratives, 19th Century to Early 20th Century’

From Balat to Bat Yam: Memoirs of a Turkish Jew by Eli Shaul

Jewish Istanbul: A Collection of Memories by Roz Kohen

‘On India’ by Halide Edib

‘Never Regret the Pain: Loving and Losing a Bi-Polar Spouse by Sel Erder Yackley

‘My Grandmother: An Armenian-Turkish memoir’ by Fethiye Çetin

‘Gavur Mahallesi’ by Mıgırdiç Margosyan

Recommended for LGBTI Readers:

Beyond Borders: Murathan Mungan’s Texts

Recommended for Cooks and Culinary Adventurers:

‘A Taste of Sun and Fire – A Gaziantep Cookery, edited by Aylın Onay Tan

‘Cooking New Istanbul Style’ by Refika Birgül

Recommended for Poetry Lovers:

What Have You Carried Over?: Poems of 42 Days and Other Works, by Gülten Akın

‘Hiroshima’s Child’ by Nazim Hikmet

‘On Living’ by Nazim Hikmet

‘I am Listening to Istanbul’ by Orhan Veli

Recommended for Tweens and Teens:

‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit

Graphic Novels From Turkey

Recommended for Children:

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

‘The Beyoğlu Adventure’ by  Sara Şahinkanat, illustrated by Ayşe Inan Alican

Recommended for Publishers, as these titles aren’t yet published in English:

‘A Wedding Night’ by Adalet Ağaoğlu

‘Soraya’ by Meltem Yılmaz

‘The Entrusted Trousseau’ by Kemal Yalçın

LGBTI Identities in Turkish Literature

Why We Need To Translate Seray Şahiner

All of O.Z. Livaneli’s books other than ‘Bliss’

I want to thank all of my thought-provoking contributors for sharing their take on Turkish Literature. No reviewer was compensated for their contribution to this blog, other than the joy of sharing great books and the camaraderie that results from this discussion!

Thank you to the following contributors. Please notice in their biographies on their posts that many of them have written great books too!

Monica Fritz, Dr. Roberta Micallef, Dayla Rogers, Robyn Eckhardt, Nazlan Ertan, Nuri Al-Khalaf, Mubassir Anjum, Thomas Hübner, Kaya Genç, Catherine Yiğit, Sevcan Tiftik, Dr. Rubina Peroomian, Thomas Baylem, Claudia Turgut, Canan Marasligil, Matthew Chovanec, and Burhan Sönmez. 

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Karen Van Drie is an American expat librarian working in Istanbul, Turkey. She is on Twitter at@worldlibraries. She also hosts a bilingual celebration of reading culture at@EnSonNeOkudun. In her free time, Karen writes her own blog called ‘Empty Nest Expat.’

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