Magazine article New Internationalist

Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy

Magazine article New Internationalist

Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy

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Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy by Ece Temelkuran, translated by Zeynep Beler (Zed Books, ISBN 9781783608898)

Depending on where you live, Turkey is portrayed as a model for the Middle East (which should become more Western in its habits and outlook), a threat to that great Fortress Europe, or a piggy-in-the-middle that doesn't know what it wants or where it belongs. But what does Turkey mean to those who actually live there? In Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy, Ece Temelkuran, a high-profile dissident writer who has had her fair share of run-ins with the government and its allies, offers us a no-holdsbarred insight into the psyche of a people 'either too jaded or too angry to speak'.

With sardonic wit, she considers Turkey's past and present. …

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