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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Turkish Taboo

I've never heard of her before, but now I want to read her. Another Turkish writer, Elif Shafak, will go on trial next week under the same law that almost put Orhan Pamuk behind bars. The crime? "Publicly denigrating Turkish identity." Shafak's case is a bit different from Pamuk's. Pamuk, whose case was dismissed, was to face a judge after he publicly talked about the highly taboo subject of the Turkish slaughter -- many believe genocide -- of Ottoman Armenians during WWI. Shafak, on the other hand, has come under attack because in one of her fictional books, characters discuss the genocide. This case seems utterly absurd. (Image via

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