The Prisoner of Ankara

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Price
$16.99  $15.80
Publisher
Other Press (NY)
Publish Date
Pages
192
Dimensions
0.0 X 0.0 X 0.0 inches | 0.81 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781892746931

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About the Author
Suat Derviş (Istanbul, 1905-1972) is one of the leading female authors of Turkish literature. She was educated in Germany, where she wrote articles for newspapers and journals. After the rise of fascism, she returned to Turkey in 1932. She became renowned for her novels, which were serialized in Turkish newspapers and often centered around the tragic lives of lost, lonely, and struggling people in urban Turkey. In 1941 she began publishing Yeni Edebiyat ("New Literature"), a biweekly magazine on art and literature. A dedicated socialist, she was put on trial for her book Why Do I Admire Soviet Russia and sentenced to eight months in prison. After her release, and a change of government in Turkey, she fled to France, where she lived in exile from 1953 to 1963. With the publication of The Prisoner of Ankara in 1957, she became the first female Turkish author to publish a novel in Europe. The novel received critical acclaim from Le Monde and the literary periodical Les Lettres Françaises, and was published in Turkish eleven years later. Her novel In the Shadow of the Yalı was published by Other Press in 2021.

Maureen Freely is the author of seven novels, and a former journalist who focused on literature, social justice, and human rights. Well known as a translator of Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, she has brought into English several Turkish classics as well as newer work by Turkey's rising stars. As chair of the Translator's Association and more recently as president and chair of English PEN, she has campaigned for writers and freedom of expression internationally. She teaches at the University of Warwick.
Reviews
Praise for In the Shadow of the Yalı

"The Madame Bovary of Turkish literature...Although the story is, in many ways, universal, Dervis brilliantly captures the particularities of Turkish society and its struggle with modernity. This rare gem is finally available in English thanks to Maureen Freely's masterful translation." --The Guardian, Top 10 Novels about Turkey

"In the Shadow of the Yalı is a rare gem--a romantic character study, a social novel, and a feminist critique on patriarchy and capitalism. Suat Derviş explores the depths of social conditioning, the emptiness of chasing wealth, and the freedoms--imagined or actual--provided by lust and desire." --Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother's Lovers