7 Kasım Perşembe 19:00

Reading Turkey in English: Dear Shameless Death

Clifford Endres

Book Club

A strange, magical story of a young girl growing up in modern Turkey, from her birth in a small rural village haunted by fairies and demons to her traumatic move to the big city. Based on her own childhood experiences, Latife Tekin’s literary debut marked a turning point in Turkish fiction. Set against the pressures of a rapidly changing society it concentrates on a daughter’s struggle against her overbearing mother. Fantastic and hallucinatory, Dear Shameless Death provides fascinating insights into what it means to be a woman growing up in Turkey today.

Published in the U.K. by Marion Boyars (provider of the notes above), Latife Tekin’s modern classic Dear Shameless Death -- translated by Saliha Paker and Mel Kenne -- has been lauded by critics abroad. In John Berger’s words, the novel is “ Unforgettable...” and Tekin “has written down what before has never been written down.” No wonder why our Book Club made it their November book.


Clifford Endres: Came to Turkey on Fulbright 1985 & have been around most of the time since. Taught at Bogazici, Ege, Baskent & Kadir Has Universities. Translated with wife Selhan much Turkish poetry & prose plus various articles on Turkish literature. Lives in Fener. Now retired & doing nothing, but doing it well.

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