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 to criminalize adultery Having long occupied an uneasy middle ground between a secular West and Islamic East, Turkey has been drawn into the conflicts of its neighbors, including the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war, and the rise of ISIS In this fascinating portrait of a nation in turmoil, the renowned Turkish journalist and novelist Ece Temelkuran provides a vivid and deeply personal account of the crisis afflicting modern Turkey Temelkuran identifies a long running culture of repression and authoritarianism that has plagued Turkey throughout its history, a culture she traces back to the fall of the Ottomans and the continued climate of denial around the Armenian genocide But, she firmly believes there is still a strong voice of dissent in Turkey, and she argues that the Gezi Park protests of 2013 represented a glimmer of hope that has not yet been fully extinguished and may still grow to rejuvenate democracy in the country Providing unique insight into Turkeys ongoing political turmoil, this is a timely look at a country that is caught at the center of many of the changes and much of the turmoil of the Middle East today....
|Title||:||Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy|
|Publisher||:||Zed Books Reprint edition September 15, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||300 pages|
|File Size||:||781 KB|
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Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy Reviews
Sometimes the writing is powerful and insightful and provides glimpses of the dysfunctional Turkey behind the headlines that most of us see. Yes, Erdogan has been bad for Turkey and many people in Turkey. There are many vignettes here that support this reality. However, mostly, the vignettes are focused for only a page or two -- I felt like I was viewing Turkey through a strobe-lit tunnel. Oh, look over here! Oh, look over there! While there is an historical continuity of sorts to the stories, I finished the book feeling as if I were trying to reconstruct a dinosaur from a handful of bones. This book is perhaps much more accessible and interesting to those with a firm understanding of the last 50 years of Turkish history, particularly the rise to power of Erdogan's party. For me, it was just an amuse-bouche for a meal that never arrived.
This is not an easy book to follow, particularly in terms of specific s. Maybe it is written for someone with a more intimate knowledge of Turkey than I. But it does present an important perspective on Turkey and will cause me to look for things during our visit that I may have otherwise missed.
I love this book!
And the Killing Continues…
I simply would like to say Thank You to Ece for this book - after living in Turkey for 14 years on and off this is a wonderful look at the "new" reality of my beloved second home. Ece has given me the update I was looking for and it saddened me to read the reality of what used to be a wonderful country; I know the people are still warm and friendly but I find now I will likely not go back due to the reality in work today. DO read this book if you have any connection at all to Turkey. It IS truly a remarkable country and I pray it will continue to be even after these trying times.
This is an examination of the country of Turkey, itself a land bridge between Asia and Europe. It examines the many coups that have occurred over the years, mentions the city's capture in 1453 (B/W painting included), and paints a less then complimentary picture of the current ruler as he appears to have too much power/control over television program content and the ability to get people rounded up/blacklisted/fired.