Turkey Book Talk episode 170Amy Marie Spangler on the great author Leyla Erbil (1931-2013) and her novel “A Strange Woman“. Spangler just co-translated a new English edition of the book, published by Deep Vellum, building on an original translation by Nermin Menemencioğlu.

First published in 1971, “A Strange Woman” weaves together the story of a young woman entering adulthood in Istanbul of the 1960s and 70s with vignettes from modern Turkish history, as well as reflections on class divides and the ambiguous position of intellectuals in society.

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Also check out Amy’s previous appearance on the podcast from July 2018.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #69 – Amy Spangler on the life and work of Sevgi Soysal, whose classic 1973 novel “Noontime in Yenişehir” she translated into English. She also discusses co-founding the literary agency AnatoliaLit and her work on “Seher,” a collection of stories penned in jail by former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş.

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Here’s my review of the (great) novel from a few weeks ago.

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