'The first full biography of Hikmet and a work of impeccable research.' --Charles King, Times Literary Supplement 'Goksu and Timms present the historical backround in detail. ... 'Nazim has ceased to be a cult figure of the communist world and become a poet of universal significance,' the authors say. This lucid, intelligent and formidably well-researched book is compelling evidence that this is indeed the case.' --David Barchard, Cornucopia 'Goksu and Timms present a wealth of documentation so objectively as to allow the reader to draw his own conclusions. ... Romantic Communist will allow contemporary students to access the contribution of Nazim Hikmet to world literature as well as Turkish literature, and to discover a figure whose importance for postcolonial studies has yet to be fully realized.' --Clare Brandabur, Edebiyat: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures 'An important study of a poet, playwright and prose writer whose life, ideas and work fuse into a fascinating national and international epic. ... This biography is also a salutary human rights document, dealing as it does with freedom of speech.'--Richard McKane, Journal of Turkish Literature 'This biography is thoroughly researched and elegantly written. It shows the reader a great poet at work and demonstrates how beneath the steely facade there also beat a vulnerable heart.'--Belma Otus-Baskett, Turkish Area Study Group News
About the Author
SAIME GOKSU grew up in Turkey at a time when Nazim was in prison and his poems were banned, and was exposed to his poetry at an early age. Her husband and co-author EDWARD TIMMS, who is Research Professor in History at the University of Sussex, has published a wide range of books on culture and politics.