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Turkey beyond the headlines
Mon 12 September 2016, 18:45 – 20:00 BST
What can be made of recent events in Turkey where a coup attempt was stopped by people on the streets? Asia House is pleased to welcome acclaimed writer Kaya Genç, who currently lives in Istanbul and has been covering his country for the past decade. In the talk, Genç will introduce his forthcoming book Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey.
As research for the book and for his other writing, Genç has met activists from both sides of Turkey's political divide: supporters of Erdoğan's conservative vision and Gezi Park protestors who fought against Istanbul's gentrification. He has spoken with artists, writers, politicians, professionals, business leaders and many more. Through his observations and interviews, he will take you into a country deeply divided along historical, social and geographical lines.
A drinks reception will follow.
Kaya Genç is a novelist and essayist from Istanbul whose writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Paris Review and TIME Magazine, among others. His first novel, L Avventura was published in 2008. Genç has a PhD in English Literature and is the Istanbul correspondent of The Believer and The LA Review of Books, as well as a contributing editor at Index on Censorship. He is currently writing a history of Turkish literature for Harvard University Press. Under the Shadow will be published by I.B. Tauris on 30 September 2016.
Turkish author Elif Shafak spoke about how Turkey has become a deeply divided society during the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival earlier this year. Read what she had to say here.