- What’s On
Izzet Celasin was born in Turkey in 1958. As a left-wing activist, he was arrested and spent several years in prison after the military coup in 1980. He moved to Norway in 1988, where he later published Black Sky, Black Sea, a novel based on his experiences as a student in Istanbul during the politcally tumultuous 1970s, translated from the original Norwegian into English by Charlotte Barslund in 2012. This is a book of rare honesty, clearly autobiographical, and perhaps more revealing of the ambitions and tensions of a politically minded generation than any other history currently in English.
You can read Izzet Celasin’s comments on the latest coup in Turkey, its political origins and its consequences for a divided nation on the Maclehouse Press website