Turkish Literature

In its range and depth, Turkish literature is astounding. Here are our selected highlights from one of the world's richest traditions.

The Book of Dede Korkut

Geoffrey Lewis, translated by Geoffrey Lewis

From the publisher:

The Book of Dede Korkut is a collection of twelve stories set in the heroic age of the Oghuz Turks, a nomadic tribe who had journeyed westwards through Central Asia from the ...

Memed, My Hawk

Yashar Kemal, translated by Edouard Roditi

From the publisher:

A tale of high adventure and lyrical celebration, tenderness and violence, generosity and ruthlessness, “Memed, My Hawk” is the defining achievement of one of the ...

The Gaze

Elif Shafak

From the publisher:

An obese woman and her lover, a dwarf, are sick of being stared at wherever they go and so decide to reverse roles. The man goes out wearing make-up and the woman draws a ...

A Strangeness in My Mind

Orhan Pamuk

From the publisher:

At a family wedding Mevlut catches sight of a girl with whom he falls in love. As they rush to catch a train to Istanbul, Mevlut realises he has been misled. Over the next ...


Orhan Pamuk

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Returning to Turkey from exile in the West, the secular poet Ka is driven by curiosity to investigate a surprising wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden by the ...


Ahmet Altan, translated by Alexander Amadeus Dawe

From the publisher:

A dark, seductive and existential page-turner from one of Turkey’s bestselling and most significant writers

Poems of Oktay Rifat

Oktay Rifat, translated by Ruth Christie and Richard McKane

From the publisher:

For half a century Oktay Rifat occupied a leading position in the vanguard of Turkish poetry. Despite his popularity and fame he rarely appeared in public. This selection ...

I am Istanbul

Buket Uzuner and Kenneth J. Dakan

From the publisher:

This delightful tour of a site rich with both history and mythology serves as an introduction not only to the city of a thousand names but to the very spirit of its inhabitants.


Hasan Ali Toptas, translated by John Angliss

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LONGLISTED FOR THE FT/OPPENHEIMERFUNDS EMERGING VOICES AWARD 2016 ‘Toptas seems to me Orhan Pamuk’s equal ...He strikes me as just as gifted a writer’ Sydney Morning ...