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Ece Temelkuran  [ Turkey ]

Biography

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Guest 2014.

Bibliography

Bütün Kadınların Kafası Karışıktır

İletişim Istanbul, 1996

İç Kitabı

Everest Istanbul, 2002

Agri’nin Derinligi

Everest Istanbul, 2008

Muz Sesleri

EverestIstanbul, 2010

Was nützt mir die Revolution, wenn ich nicht tanzen kann?

AtlantikHamburg, 2014

Ece Temelkuran was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1973. Before finishing her law studies at the University of Ankara in 1995, Temelkuran started to work as a journalist for the oldest Turkish newspaper »Cumhuryet«, but published her first book »Bütün Kadınların Kafası Karışıktır« (»Women Are All Confused«) in 1996, in which she takes aim at the high and often contradictory demands placed on her gender by society. She also worked as a political columnist, writing for the daily »Milliyet« between 2000 and 2009 and regularly contributing pieces to »Le Monde Diplomatique«. In 2009 Temelkuran moved to the newspaper »Habertürk«, on whose television network she moderated her own show in 2010 and 2011. She was dismissed following articles critical of the Turkish government's handling of an incident in December 2011 in which more than 30 civilians were killed in an attack by Turkish fighter jets on the Turkey-Iraq border, but soon found a new journalistic home at the web magazine »Guernica«, The Guardian and the newspaper »BirGün«, among others.Temelkuran’s investigative reporting and publications on controversial topics such as the Kurdish conflict, the women’s movement and political prisoners have been honoured with numerous awards, including the German government’s Journalist of the Year award (1996) and the Pen for Peace (2001). After her documentary books like »Ağrı’nın Derinliği« (2008; En. »Deep Mountain, Across the Armenian-Turkish Divide«, 2010), a nuanced depiction of the bloody chasm between Turkey and Armenia, Temelkuran also published experimental literary texts in the form of prose verse. In »İç Kitabı« (2002; En. »Book of the Inside«), she embarks on a poetic journey to an undiscovered continent within herself, while the poetry collection »Book of the Edge« (2010) invites readers to become discoverers who question the ignorance and cruelty of their human existence. 2010 saw the publication of her first novel »Muz Sesleri« (tr. »Banana Sounds«), which alternates between the tales of two young women, one a Philippine sent to Lebanon and the other a Turkish student; two lives which initially seem utterly unconnected, but which ultimately cross paths in Beirut. Temelkuran’s current novel »Düğümlere Üfleyen Kadınlar« (2013; En. »The Women Who Blow on Knots«), references in the Turkish title the 4th verse of the Koranic Sura al Falaq about protecting against »evil women«, who in her story flee from the bonds of history in the male-dominated Arabic world and seek to find themselves.Temelkuran lives in Istanbul.

[http://www.ecetemelkuran.com]

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