Dawn by Selahattin Demirtas

Dawn

Selahattin Demirtas

A new novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint, SJP for Hogarth, Dawn paints a remarkable portrait of life behind the headlines in Turkey and the Middle East – in all its hardship and adversity, freedom and hope.

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A new novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint, SJP for Hogarth: Written from behind bars, the unforgettable collection from one of Turkey’s leading politicians and most powerful storytellers.
 
In this essential collection, Selahattin Demirtaş’s arresting stories capture the voices of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. A cleaning lady is caught up in a violent demonstration on her way to work. A five-year-old girl attempts to escape war-torn Syria with her mother by boat. A suicide bombing shatters a neighborhood in Aleppo. And in the powerful story, 'Seher', a young factory worker is robbed of her dreams in an unimaginable act of violence.
 
Written with Demirtas’s signature wit, warmth, and humor, and alive with the rhythms of everyday speech, DAWN paints a remarkable portrait of life behind the headlines in Turkey and the Middle East – in all its hardship and adversity, freedom and hope.


Advance Galley Reviews

Let me give you some advice: Read this book. Start with the author's note/ prologue. Read it slowly. Think about it's point. Value the freedom you have, and consider the lack of freedom the author has. Then, slowly, slowly, read each of the stories. Read them again and again. This book is so insane affecting. I am stunned by the author's ability to weave so much out of so few words. Each story is fairly short. Stories touch on violence, misogyny, freedom, family, and age. Each story uses language in different ways, highlighting the breadth of the author's skill. But, all of them show how fragile humanity is. We live at the mercy of our society. Our society thrives at our mercy. While deep, the stories also have edges of satire, humor, and sarcasm. How did the author manage it all, while being in jail? This book is the best short story collection I have read in quite a while. Even without the author's amazing story, of being imprisoned for using free speech, this story is extraordinary. With the author's challenges in mind, the book is unthinkably amazing.

 


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