Ece Temelkuran

Author and political commentator. She writes novels, poetry, and political non-fiction. Recent books include How To Lose A Country: 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship (2019), The Time of Mute Swans (2017), Women Who Blow on Knots (2016), Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy (2016). Temelkuran lives in Zagreb.


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‘My pain is deciphered and therefore human. She, on the other hand is a muted creature; easier to misinterpret and, finally, dehumanize.’ Ece Temelkuran describes her deep unease at being referred to as an ‘exile’ and how, despite that public role, she shares a fundamental experience with the unnamed refugee.

“As the building sites progress and the Middle Eastern dust stirred up by the war begins to settle, questions are starting to be asked. Is it possible to found a land of dreams together with those who have shattered every last dream in the Middle East? What are the Kurds, the accursed of the Middle East, going to do?” For Kurds in Turkey and in Iraq, US investment in Kurdistan is both a blessing and a burden, writes journalist Ece Temelkuran.

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