The Stone Building and Other PlacesBook - 2017
"Asl#305; Erdo#65533;Yan is an exceptionally perceptive and sensitive writer who always produces perfect literary texts."--Orhan Pamuk
"Now, as her fame grows, her books have been selling more, and her [Turkish] publisher has issued new printings. One volume of short stories,The Stone Building and Other Places has become a bestseller in Turkey."--The New York Times
"Beautifully written and honestly told, as tender as the tulip gardens of Istanbul and as brave as the human heart."--Elif Safak, author of The Forty Rules of Love
Three interconnected stories feature women whose lives have been interrupted by forces beyond their control. Exile, serious illness, or the imprisonment of one's beloved are each met with versions of strength and daring, while there is no undoing what fate has wrought. These atmospheric, introspective tales culminate in an experimental, multi-voiced novella, whose "stone building" is a metaphor for the various oppressive institutions--prisons, police headquarters, hospitals, and psychiatricasylums--that dominate the lives of all of these characters. Here is a literary distillation of the alienation, helplessness, and controlled fury of exile and incarceration--both physical and mental--presented in a series of moving, allegorical portraits of lives ensnared by the structures of power.
Asl#305; Erdo#65533;Yan (Istanbul, 1967) is currently on trial and facing life imprisonment after being arrested and imprisoned by the Turkish government in a sweeping roundup of dissident voices after the failed coup attempt of July 2016. The subject of both PEN International and PEN America advocacy campaigns, she has published novels, collections of short stories and poetic prose, and selections from her political essays. As a journalist, she has covered controversial topics such as state violence, discrimination, and human rights, for which she has been persecuted in a variety of ways.
More praise for The Stone Building and Other Places :
" The Stone Building by Asli Erdogan appears at first glance to be a collection of three short stories and a novella. In fact it is a literary text with a single unifying and sad theme: confinement. Erdogan is a most original and courageous literary voice, and The Stone Building bears on what is going on in present day Turkey."--Daniel Beaumont, author of Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Music of Son House
"It is very difficult, and often impossible, to bring the music of Turkish into English. It is all the more difficult when the author-under-translation writes subtle and sinuous prose that stretches the conventions of literary Turkish to its limits. So, what a pleasure it is to see Sevinc Turkkan achieving the almost impossible. Not only does she do justice to Asli Erdogan's prose. She makes it sing."--Maureen Freely, translator