Shortly before her death in 1968, Sertel completed her autobiography Roman Gibi (Like a Novel), which was written during her forced exile in the Soviet Union. Translated here into English for the first time, and complete with a new introduction and comprehensive annotations, it offers a rare perspective on Turkey's history as it moved to embrace democracy, then violently recoiled. The book reveals the voice of a passionate feminist and committed socialist who clashes with the young republic's leadership. A unique first-hand account, the text foreshadows Turkey's increasingly authoritarian state. Sertel offers her perspective on the fierce divisions over the republic's constitution and covers issues including freedom of the press, women's civil rights and the pre-WWII discussions with European leaders about Hitler's rising power.
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About the Author
Tia O'Brien is an award-winning reporter and editor based in San Francisco. Her jourbanalism focuses on politics, business and technology, Turkey and consumer affairs.
Nur Deris is a freelance translator and interpreter and worked most recently at the European Masters in Conference Interpreting at Bosphorus University, Istanbul.
David Selim Sayers is a Founding Member of the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT) and a Lecturer at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Université Sorbonne Paris Cité.
Evrim Emir-Sayers is a Founding Member of the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT) and worked as a Lecturer in Philosophy at San Francisco State University.
Table of Contents
List of figures x
Translators' note xxvii
Biographical and historical timeline xxix
Author's note xxxvii
1 Introduction to life 1
2 In America 19
3 The return home 35
4 Publishing Resimli Ay 47
5 Life in politics 105
6 Turkey in the war years 127
7 Turkey at the end of the war 159
8 The Görüsler journal 181
9 The Tan incidents 191
10 The founding of the Democrat Party and the arrests 205
11 The Human Rights Association 221
12 The provocations continue 229
13 To my countrypeople 241