Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now (Hardback)Ece Temelkuran (author)
A bold new manifesto for recalibrating the inequalities and ignorance in modern society, Together posits a movement based on an unflinching acknowledgement of reality and consequent commitment to take practical, rather than abstract, measures.
Political violence. Global inequality. Climate catastrophe.
It feels like everything is collapsing, and those in power couldn't care less.
So what do we do now?
How do we begin to build something better, together?
In 2020 protest movements across the world revealed the inequalities sewn into the fabric of society. The wildfires that ravaged Australia and California made it clear we are in the middle of a climate catastrophe. The pandemic showed us all just how precarious our economies really are, and the conspiracy theories surrounding the US election proved the same of our democracies. Those in charge do not have the answers. In fact, those in charge, more often that not, are the problem.
So, what do we do? In Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now, award-winning political commentator Ece Temelkuran puts forward a compelling new narrative for our current moment, not for some idealised future but for right now, and asks us to make a choice. To choose determination over hope; to embrace fear rather the cold comfort of ignorance; to save our energy for an unwavering attention on those in power and the destructive systems they uphold, rather than wasting time spewing out anger and outrage online. Above all, this book asks you to choose to have faith in the other human beings we share this planet with.
This is not about about how or why we messed things up. This is about what kind of world we want to live in, and the choices we must make to get there.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 20 mm
Praise for Together: 10 Choices For A Better Now: ‘Temelkuran writes gorgeously about the human situations – from Turkey to Croatia – that demand new thinking. The insights of this book, whose tone is a potent mix of fierce urgency but unyielding calmness, make Togetheran important contribution to how politics will evolve in the era of a pandemic’ Irish Times ‘Suffering a sorrow that we can overcome. Longing for a freedom that we don’t yet have. For as long as I can remember, these have been the sensations Beethoven’s music planted into my soul. More recently, reading Ece Temelkuran’s delightful Together gave me the same sensations’ Yanis Varoufakis ‘Temelkuran is a brilliant writer, finding humour, hope and humanity in the darkest corners of our current malaise.It lifted my heart and my spirits’ Brian Eno ‘If you read only one book this year, then this must be it. Magnificent’ Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man ‘I am giving Temelkuran’s Together to everyone I know. So clear-eyed, frank, wise and joyous! An obligatory book for any human on earth today’ Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less ‘In this elegant, beautifully written book, [Temelkuran] offers something like an ethics of how to live in this world’ Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire ‘Her genius is to dismantle the power with unexpected irony, to bring you inside the understanding of the present by giving you a scalpel and a flower. Read this book: you will bleed and you will feel protected at the same time. It's the magic of Ece Temelkuran’ Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah ‘Justly famous as an anatomist of so much that is wrong in the modern world, Ece Temelkuran here turns her attention to what is right – and it’s wonderful to discover that her arguments are not just as clear-sighted, but just as convincing’ Jonathan Coe, author of Mr Wilder and Me
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