'Full of insights and surprises.' --The Guardian, 'Ten Best Books Set in Istanbul'
About the Author
Nedim Gürsel has been described by Yashar Kemal as 'one of the few contemporary Turkish writers who have brought something new to our literature.' Gürsel was forced - after the coup d état in 1971 - to testify in court over one of his articles, which lead to his temporary exile in France, where he studied at the Sorbonne. Gürsel then returned to Turkey, but the military putsch of 1980 sent him back into exile in France. He was awarded the Prize of the Academy of Turkish Linguistics and Literature for his first major prose work, A Long Summer in Istanbul (1975), which has been translated into several languages. In 1986, his novel La Première Femme received the Ipeçki Prize for its contribution to conciliation between the Greek and Turkish peoples. His autobiography Au Pays des Poissons Captifs was recently published simultaneously in France and Turkey. He faced trial in 2009 for denigrating religious values in his novel, The Daughters of Allah, which was also awarded the Freedom of Expression and Publishing Award. His first novel to be translated into English, The Conqueror, was published by Talisman, New York, in 2010. Sema Kaygusuz's debut novel, Yere Düsen Dualar (Wine and Gold) won international recognition upon publication in 2006. In 2007, she wrote the screenplay for Yesim Ustaoglu's film Pandora nin Kutusu (Pandora s Box), which won the Golden Shell at the 2008 International Film Festival in San Sebastian. Kaygusuz is a recipient of both the Cevdet-Kudret-Literature Award and the France-Turquie Literary Award. Mario Levi's first short story collection, Bir Sehre Gidememek (Unable to go to the City, 1990) won the Haldun Taner Story Prize. The book for which he is perhaps best known, Istanbul Bir Masaldi (Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale) won one of the longest standing literary prizes in Turkey, the Yunus Nadi Novel Prize (2000).