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Dawn

Stories
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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A new book from Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint, SJP for Hogarth: Written from behind bars, the unforgettable collection from one of Turkey’s leading politicians and most powerful storytellers.

In this essential collection, Selahattin Demirtaş’ arresting stories capture the voices of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. A cleaning lady is caught up in a violent demonstration on her way to work. A five-year-old girl attempts to escape war-torn Syria with her mother by boat. A suicide bombing shatters a neighborhood in Aleppo. And in the powerful story "Seher", a young factory worker is robbed of her dreams in an unimaginable act of violence. 

Written with Demirtas’ signature wit, warmth, and humor, and alive with the rhythms of everyday speech, Dawn paints a remarkable portrait of life behind the headlines in Turkey and the Middle East - in all its hardship and adversity, freedom and hope.

©2019 Selahattin Demirtas (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Imprisoned Kurdish lawyer and progressive politician Demirtaş delivers a closely observed series of portraits of lives oppressed.... A welcome debut collection. One hopes for more - and that Demirtaş will not be silenced by his captors." (Kirkus)

“[Demirtaş’] visceral tales expose unfathomable darkness with an unshowy, fable-like straightforwardness as the book nonetheless subtly arcs toward hope.... Already a publishing sensation with 200,000 copies sold in Turkey alone, Demirtas' empathic collection shines the light that its title promises.” (Booklist)

“Selahattin Demirtas’ short stories are beautiful and full of surprises, especially in their bold portrayal of women. A new addition to Turkey’s tragic canon of literature written in prison.” (Jennifer Clement, author of Gun Love and president of PEN International)

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