A walk through an Istanbul airport bookstore might lead an unsuspecting traveller to think that English-language literary works from Turkey begin and end with the novels of Nobel-Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk. In reality, a diverse range of Turkish writers now garners a growing amount of press time in English.
The tradition of writing in Turkey was strongest during the Ottoman Empire with Divan poetry, a flowery form recited at court, but new generations post-Empire have adopted the European form of the novel for their own logic. Poetry, though, remains the more satisfying and most developed written art.
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Maria Eliades is an Istanbul-based writer who covers Turkish literature and culture.