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Turkey : the insane and the melancholy

Author: Ece Temelkuran; Zeynep Beler
Publisher: London : Zed Books, 2016. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Turkey is a nation of contradictions and contrasts. Though considered democratic, the Erdogan government has increasingly begun to resemble a dictatorship, jailing it opponents and violently suppressing dissent. And though Turkey is notionally secular, the Justice and Development Partys power has fed the creeping influence of religious conservatism, with figures in the party denouncing abortion rights and attempting  Read more...
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Named Person: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ece Temelkuran; Zeynep Beler
ISBN: 9781783608904 1783608900 9781783608898 1783608897
OCLC Number: 944087406
Language Note: Translated from the Turkish.
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 296 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction. Yesterday ; Today ; Tomorrow --
Yesterday. The origins of forgetting ; How is indifference learned? ; Orphans, fathers and resentment ; "Such a generation we shall raise..." ; Fascism or downright vengeance? ; Turkey's disorganised photo album --
Today/morning. A woman's "unindictable" murder ; "Us" and "them" ; The hour of "Long live our Padishah!" ; The bloodiest front in social projects ; A split-meaning, split-screen way of watching : news hour in Turkey ; Goddamn it! ; The grey daubs of the city proving presence through absence ; The mesmerising vulgarity ; Children of the "Zero Problem" policy : the expedient and inexpedient ; The meatballs of "the people" beat Macbeth to death ; Opposite meanings of the peace sign : Kurds and Turks ; Official memory versus actual memory --
Tomorrow : "What will become of this bridge of ours?". Appetite and hope ; Down! down! down! down! ; Women and children first! ; Middle Easternisation and the question "should we go?" ; The "safety valve" that cannot be located ; Broken bridges, new bridges.
Responsibility: Ece Temelkuran ; translated by Zeynep Beler.

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An urgent and unsettling account of Turkey's descent into tyranny, as seen through the eyes of one of the country's most gifted writers.  Read more...

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