Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey

Kaya Genç (Author)
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I. B. Tauris & Company
Publish Date
December 09, 2016
5.0 X 0.8 X 7.7 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Kaya Genc is a novelist and essayist from Istanbul whose writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The London Review of Books, Salon, Guernica Magazine, Sight & Sound, The Millions, The White Review and TIME Magazine, among others. His first novel, L Avventura was published in 2008. Kaya has a PhD in English literature and is the Istanbul correspondent of The Believer and The LA Review of Books as well as a contributing editor at Index on Censorship. His article for The LA Review of Books Surviving the Black Sea was selected as one of best non-fiction pieces of 2014 by The Atlantic. Currently writing a history of Turkish literature for Harvard University Press, and due to publish his first English novel later next year, he is one of Turkey s most hotly-anticipated young writers.


"I finished reading Under the Shadow a while ago, but haven't stopped thinking about it. It's such an incisive, passionate, moving book, the best thing I've read in quite some time. For whatever it's worth I'm reasonably well informed about world events but Under the Shadow increased my knowledge of Turkey, from its politics to its people, by approximately ten fold. We need books like it in order to get a fuller picture, certainly fuller than the news can provide, of life and crisis, of how life and crisis co-exist, in places where we do not live ourselves."----Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hours

Turkish journalist Genc profiles young Turkish activists organizing on his country's frontlines in this fascinating and informative compilation that represents both investigative and literary journalism at their finest.

-- (10/07/2016)

...refreshingly balanced...Mr. Genc is a subtle guide to the wrenching changes Turkey is undergoing, and his personal testimony is rich in historical and cultural detail. More of his insights would have been welcome; he has announced himself here as a voice to be listened to as Turkey struggles to come to terms with itself.

-- (11/14/2016)

'Illuminating... Genç cleverly and patiently interviews participants on both sides of the protests to build a fuller picture of today's Turkish youth... Genç brings an important perspective to a tumultuous period in national and international politics.'

--Greg Cullison, L.A. Review of Books, (12/11/2016)

'Genç brings some historical knowledge to bear on the present day...encompassing so broad a spectrum is certainly a good idea... Genç should be applauded for his polyphonic portrait'

--William Armstrong, Times Literary Supplement (12/23/2016)
"There have been numerous books of analysis published about contemporary Turkey, but few come close to Kaya Genç's Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey for sheer humanism and breadth of perspective."--Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice (04/28/2017)