Archive for December 2012
December 2012, TimeOut Istanbul
REVIEW: Istanbul in Women’s Short Stories, edited by Hande Öğüt, and Europe in Women’s Short Stories from Turkey, edited by Gültekin Emre
Female authors have risen to prominence – indeed, preeminence – in several literary genres: young adult literature, romance, mystery, memoir… In most countries, however, they’ve mainly established themselves through novels. Compared to the abundance of male writers known for their short stories, few female authors are famous for their literary prowess in the format.
Two recently published English-language short story anthologies aim to showcase Turkey’s contributions to that under-appreciated genre: the female author’s short story. Together, the anthologies boast 50 stories from Turkish writers, well known and obscure, traditional and avant-garde, bringing together long-renowned names with more recent arrivals on Turkey’s literary scene.
Winter 2012/2013, The World Policy Journal
From the Winter 2012/2013 issue (“Africa’s Moment”):
Why do Somalis name roads and babies after Turkey’s prime minister? No country had succeeded in helping Somalia until Turkey came along, writes Julia Harte. With its doctrine of “virtuous power,” Turkey is proving that a strategy of personal engagement—including scholarships, business-to-business contacts, and high-level political visits—can be an effective aid model. Somalia also provides Turkey a toehold in Africa, setting up the onetime heart of the Ottoman Empire to be a future player in the region.