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April 2019 Fiction: Literary

By (author): Selahattin Demirtas
9780525576938 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Apr 23, 2019
$29.00 CAD
Active 5.82 x 8.54 x 0.72 in 176 pages SPOT ILLUSTRATIONS Hogarth SJP for Hogarth
The extraordinary short-story collection from Selahattin Demirtaş, “the dynamic Kurdish politician whose coolness and rhetorical skill have evoked comparisons to President Obama” (New York Times)

This unforgettable short-story collection from the imprisoned pro-Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş gives us a powerful portrait of Turkey and the Middle East unlike any other.

Written during Demirtaş’s time in prison, Dawn’s twelve stories are dedicated to “all murdered women and victims of violence.” With vivid intensity, Demirtaş takes us right to the heart of events as they are experienced today, through the voices of its most ordinary people. The title story is a sensitively handled tale of the “honor killing” of a young woman at the hands of her family, while “Mermaid” is told from the point of view of another adolescent girl trying to escape Hama in Syria with her mother. Together they present a portrait of the region in difficult times: dark, often violent, yet leavened with an extraordinary wit, warmth, and sensitivity. Written with great immediacy, Dawn shows that Demirtaş’s is a vital and important voice, and a remarkable perspective.

Story Locale: Turkey and the Middle East

“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.

SELAHATTIN DEMIRTAŞ is a pro-Kurdish MP and co-chair of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). He began his political career as a human rights lawyer and helped spearhead the transformation of the HDP into a more inclusive party, expanding its umbrella to include alliances with various progressive parties as well as the feminist, LGBTQ, and animal rights movements. He has been imprisoned since early November 2016. This is his first work of fiction.

Author Residence: Istanbul

Author Hometown: Palu District, Turkey

Marketing: Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @HDPDemirtas, and SJP’s Instagram, @sarahjessicaparker

Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs and related organizations

Enrollment in early reviewer programs

Features on and

Library and academic marketing

Publicity: National publicity

National review and feature attention

National/regional NPR campaign

Author Social Media: @hdpdemirtas

“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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