The Stone Building And Other Places (eBook)
de Asli Erdogan
Sobre o livro
"Asl Erdoan is an exceptionally perceptive and sensitive writer who always produces perfect literary texts."Orhan Pamuk
"One volume of short stories,The Stone Building and Other Places has become a bestseller in Turkey."The New York Times
"Beautifully written and honestly told, as tender as the tulip gardens of Istanbul and as brave as the human heart."--Elif Safak, author ofThe Forty Rules of Love
Three interconnected stories feature women whose lives have been interrupted by forces beyond their control. Exile, serious illness, or the imprisonment of one's beloved are each met with versions of strength and daring, while there is no undoing what fate has wrought. These atmospheric, introspective tales culminate in an experimental, multi-voiced novella, whose "stone building" is a metaphor for the various oppressive institutionsprisons, police headquarters, hospitals, and psychiatric asylumsthat dominate the lives of all of these characters. Here is a literary distillation of the alienation, helplessness, and controlled fury of exile and incarcerationboth physical and mentalpresented in a series of moving, allegorical portraits of lives ensnared by the structures of power.
Asl Erdoan (Istanbul, 1967) was arrested and imprisoned by the Turkish government in a sweeping roundup of dissident voices after the failed coup attempt of July 2016. The subject of both PEN International and PEN America advocacy campaigns, she has published novels, collections of short stories and poetic prose, and selections from her political essays. As a journalist, she has covered controversial topics such as state violence, discrimination, and human rights, for which she has been persecuted in a variety of ways.
More praise forThe Stone Building and Other Places:
"The Stone Building by Asli Erdogan appears at first glance to be a collection of three short stories and a novella. In fact it is a literary text with a single unifying and sad theme: confinement. Erdogan is a most original and courageous literary voice, andThe Stone Building bears on what is going on in present day Turkey."--Daniel Beaumont, author ofPreachin' the Blues: The Life and Music of Son House
"It is very difficult, and often impossible, to bring the music of Turkish into English. It is all the more difficult when the author-under-translation writes subtle and sinuous prose that stretches the conventions of literary Turkish to its limits. So, what a pleasure it is to see Sevinc Turkkan achieving the almost impossible. Not only does she do justice to Asli Erdogan's prose. She makes it sing."--Maureen Freely, translator
"Erdogans real strength as a writer inThe Stone Building and Other Places is her reconciliatory relationship with psychological struggle. . . . [she] shows particular sensitivity to women in her stories and weaves their stories with what she reveals to be her most identifiable literary subject, the wounded human being."--Iclal Vanwesenbeeck,World Literature Today