The Struggle for Modern Turkey: Justice, Activism and a Revolutionary Female Journalist (Paperback)Sabiha Sertel (author), Nur Deris (editor), David Selim Sayers (translator), Evrim Emir-Sayers (translator), Tia O'Brien (editor)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
A suitable monument to [Sertel's] memory. * Asian Affairs *
The Struggle for Modern Turkey is a timely and fascinating look into the life of an amazing person. * Duvar English *
This astonishing book does more than introduce us to one of the most extraordinary Turkish women of her generation. It is full of stories and insights that shed new light on the turbulent first half of the twentieth century. From now on, no one will be able to write social, cultural or political history of Turkey during that period without referring to this fascinating memoir. -- Stephen Kinzer, American journalist
The Struggle for Modern Turkey is a vivid translation of a phenomenal work of personal and political history. The life of Sabiha Sertel--a pioneering woman, pioneering Turk, pioneering socialist activist, and pioneering journalist--and the history she tells, will move and inspire readers. It will also unsettle myriad assumptions and truisms about life and politics in twentieth-century Turkey. Her courage and insight burst forth from these pages, and invite us into her struggle, which is, after all, a universal struggle for justice. -- Christine Philliou, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Sabiha Sertel's memoirs have long been a unique and crucial view onto the dynamism and tumult of Turkey's 20th century. The appearance now of a careful, eloquent, and accessible English translation will open her expansive vista on Turkish politics, society, and culture to new audiences, and ought to be a cause for celebration. -- James Ryan, Associate Director, Hagop Kevorkian Center, New York University, USA
The story of Turkey's first female journalist, Sabiha Sertel, is not only about Turkey as it went through the pains of establishing as a modern country and certainly is not confined to its setting of the decades that led up to and follow the second World War. This is the story of a woman who had to stood up against racist and sexist slurs emanating from her male colleagues. This is the story of a journalist who had to face imprisonment, endured life- threatening attacks from the far-right and forced to live in exile. At a time when press freedom and truth itself are under attack around the world, Sertel's memoir provides timely lessons for us journalists and for anyone who cares for free speech and press. It is both a story of hope and courage but also of despair as it displays that time does not always bring progress but moves in a cyclical motion with the same horrifying fall backs lurking ahead for a liberal democratic order. -- Ezgi Basaran, former Editor-in-Chief of Radikal and author of Frontline Turkey
The publication of Sabiha Sertel's memoir, Roman Gibi, in English is a major contribution to fields of Turkish studies, feminist historiography, literary studies, and human rights. Sabiha Sertel's memoir makes accessible to English readers for the first time insights into an extraordinary woman's life in the late Ottoman Empire and Turkish republic. It provides an intriguing view of the lives of progressive, leftist social elites engaged in efforts to transform the young country into a more egalitarian and democratic nation-state. The translation of Sertel's memoir is remarkably timely as well, given renewed authoritarian repression of intellectuals and journalists in 21st Century Turkey. -- Kathryn Libal, Director, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut
Sertel's memoirs are not only a major contribution to the history of Turkish political thought ... but are also one of the key sources to the intellectual milieu in the Turkish Republic's formative years from a rare female journalist's perspective. ... the English translation of Sertel's memoirs is a significant contribution to the visibility of women's voices and achievements. * WZKM: Wiener Zeitschrift fur die Kunde des Morgenlandes *
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