“THE DYNAMIC KURDISH POLITICIAN WHOSE COOLNESS AND RHETORICAL SKILL HAVE EVOKED COMPARISONS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA” (NYT): Selahattin Demirtaş is a young, dynamic, and charismatic Kurdish politician and co-head of the People’s Democratic Party in Turkey. It is the country’s third largest political party, one of the most progressive parties in the Middle East, and arguably Turkey’s most important opposition party.
HIGH-PROFILE AUTHOR: Beloved in Turkey and profiled in the New York Times, Time, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel, among others, Selahattin Demirtaş has an excellent profile and platform (including 1.57m Twitter followers).
BESTSELLER IN TURKEY: Published in Turkey in fall 2017, Dawn (Seher in the original Turkish) caused a sensation, selling more than 200,000 copies.
RIGHTS SALES: Rights were pre-empted in 11 territories, including rights in Dutch (Signatuur), German (Penguin Verlag), Greek (Patakis), and Italian (Feltrinelli). We will publish simultaneously with our colleagues at Hogarth UK.
“STAR” LITERARY TRANSLATOR MAUREEN FREELY ON BOARD: Maureen Freely, who translates the novels of Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, will write a Foreword for our edition. She is also the president of English PEN and active in various national and international campaigns to champion free expression.
A POWERFUL VOICE FROM A SILENCED WORLD: Turkey has more than 150 journalists and writers in prison, more than any other country in the world—surpassing even China—so this is a vital and important voice from the region.
BREAKING NEWS—DERMIRTAŞ RUNS AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: As opposition mounts to challenge President Erdoğan in Turkey, it has just been announced that Selahattin Demirtaş will run as the presidential candidate in the June 2018 elections.
“Delicately judged and perfectly paced, unfolding to reach a quiet but devastating epiphany. Demirtaş has an ear for dialogue and a talent for conveying a tone over just a few pages…. There is a winning directness to the volume. Demirtaş doesn’t overstretch himself; instead having the confidence to settle for an unfussy, natural simplicity.”—Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
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