The Insane and the Melancholy
Distributed for Zed Books
Temelkuran identifies a long-running culture of repression and authoritarianism that has plagued Turkey throughout its history, a culture she traces back to the fall of the Ottomans and the continued climate of denial around the Armenian genocide. But, she firmly believes there is still a strong voice of dissent in Turkey, and she argues that the Gezi Park protests of 2013 represented a glimmer of hope that has not yet been fully extinguished and may still grow to rejuvenate democracy in the country. Providing unique insight into Turkey’s ongoing political turmoil, this is a timely look at a country that is caught at the center of many of the changes and much of the turmoil of the Middle East today.
The origins of forgetting
How is indifference learned?
Orphans, fathers and resentment
“Such a generation we shall raise…”
Fascism or downright vengeance?
Turkey’s disorganised photo album
A woman’s “unindictable” murder
“Us” and “them”
The hour of “Long live our Padishah!”
The bloodiest front in social projects
A split-meaning, split-screen way of watching: news hour in Turkey
The grey daubs of the city: proving presence through absence
The mesmerising vulgarity
Children of the “zero problem” policy: the expedient and inexpedient
The meatballs of “the people” beat Macbeth to death
Opposite meanings of the peace sign: Kurds and Turks
Official memory versus actual memory
Tomorrow: “What Will Become of This Bridge of Ours?”
Appetite and hope
Down! Down! Down! Down!
Women and children first!
Middle Easternisation and the question “Should we go?”
The “safety valve” that cannot be located
Broken bridges, new bridges