Ahmet Altan

Ahmet Altan is a Turkish novelist and journalist imprisoned for allegedly sending "subliminal messages" while on a television talk show, an action the state describes as "knowingly and willingly assisting a terrorist organization." His first novel Dört Mevsim Sonbahar (Four Seasons of Autumn), published in 1982, brought him the Akademi Bookstore Novel Prize. His second, Sudaki İz (Trace on the Water) was condemned as obscene by an Istanbul court, which ordered the burning of extant copies. His seventh (of eight), Kılıç Yarası Gibi (Like a Sword Wound), was a best seller, and won the prestigious Yunus Nadi Novel Prize in Turkey in 1998. Altan’s novels have been translated into over a dozen languages. I Will Never See the World Again, his eighth collection of essays, is available in an English translation by Yasemin Çongar from Other Press.

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