This month we’re thrilled to be reading a phenomenon of modern Turkish literature (and winner of a PEN Translates award), Ece Temelkuran’s Women Who Blow On Knots, translated by Alexander Dawe.
“Ece Temelkuran’s second novel is like a firework. It is the book where Twitter and the Thousand and One Nights fairy tales meet.” – Prof. Hannes Kraus, KulturWest
A publishing sensation in Temelkuran’s native Turkey with more than 120,000 copies sold, Women who Blow on Knots chronicles a voyage reaching from Tunisia to Lebanon, taken by three young women and septuagenarian Madam Lilla. Although the three young women embark on the road for different reasons – for each holds a dark secret – it is only at the journey’s point of no return that Lilla’s own murderous motivations for the trip become clear…
Unique and controversial in its country of origin for its political rhetoric and strong, atypically Muslim female characters, Temelkuran weaves an empowering tale that challenges us to ponder not only the social questions of politics, religion, and women in the Middle East but also the universal bonds of sister- and motherhood.
“If you cannot think of a better road story with heroines other than Thelma & Louise, you should read this novel. Temelkuran opens a battle against uniformed Muslim literary female characters.” – Ozlem Ezer, Literary Critic
The reading group provides a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions are shared and new appreciations can be discovered. There is wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. Come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome.