Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Novelist Elif Shafak to be tried for "Insulting Turkishness"

Novelist Elif Shafak is to be brought to trial in a Turkish court Sept. 21 for "insulting Turkishness", according to a report of PEN American Center. She is the third prominent Turkish novelist to be tried in just over a year. Shafak, who divides her time between Turkey and teaching at the University of Arizona, wrote her novel in English about two families, one in Instanbul and the other an Armenian family living in San Francisco. The offending passage in her book mentions Turkey's genocide against Armenians in the early 20th century. The Turkish version of her book is a bestseller in Turkey.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve, I am truly sorry to read of your mother's death. I had not looked at your blog in quite awhile, so I am over a year late in telling you this. What a beautiful tribute to her. It sounds like she had a very full life and a wonderful family to share it with. Even with Alzheimers, the love she had for you couldn't be erased. My condolences to you and your family. -Natalie Pepper

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