Friday, January 19, 2007

TURKISH LIT | The City In Crimson Cloak

I was scouring cyberspace for Turkish related books and I found a soon to be published English translation of a modern Turkish author, Asli Erdogan. Her novel, The City in Crimson Cloak is due for release in June 2007, published by Soft Skull Press.

Looks interesting.

[19/01/2007] I'm adding the link to The City in Crimson. In case you want to reserve it in your Amazon cart or something.


Imani said...

It does! Too bad there isn't an option for pre-ordering it on the website. How exciting for you to be going to Turkey. I'm terribly envious. When I was in high school I had attained the opportunity to go there for some sort of World Youth leadership conference but, sadly, it got cancelled because of some kind of political trouble there. (I forget)

Anonymous said...

If you click the Amazon link on the book's buy page on our website--
you can pre-order from Amazon...our rather primitive e-com system makes it hard for us to offer that option...

Imani said...

D'oh, yes, of course. I link to Amazon all the time, but rarely purchase from there, which could inadequately explain why I forgot. Thanks!

The Traveller said...

Ooh, Turkey...I don't know whether to read Pamuk for Turkey or not. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Traveller: With the Nobel Prize, Orhan Pamuk would be the obvious reading for Turkish lit. But I've read online that many Turkish readers do not actually see Pamuk as being "representative" of Turkey. Always a question, isn't it?

My preference is always to read several writers from a country I'm interested in. Which may be why I have not really progressed in my own international readings.

How about Istanbul by Pamuk then? I found it rich with personal memories and evocative. Funny at times too, and you can see how Pamuk's image of his city seeps into his novels.

If I may - not that I am an expert - maybe for your Turkey readings you might like to pick up some of these: Memed, My Hawk Yasar Kemal? Or Elif Shafak, who was also persecuted for speaking up, but not as famous as Pamuk.

Poetry-wise, have you tried Nizam Hikmet?