Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan published several novels, narratives and short stories before she became a more prominent political newspaper writer. In 2016 she was arrested and imprisoned for her attachment to the pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem (Free Agenda). She recently got her passport back and was finally able to travel to Oslo to take part in a stage conversation.
At The House of Literature, she meets the Swedish-Kurdish writer Mustafa Can in a conversation about her new essay collection Now is not your stillness, composed of texts that have been pressed in Özgür Gündem over the last few years. The essays provide personal and poetical considerations and portrayals of being in the midst of bulletins and chaos during the coup attempt, about writing, dreams, violence and political reality in today's Turkey.
What does Erdoğan think about her roles as an author and political writer? Is there still room for poetry when there are so many rights to fight for?
The conversation took place at The House of Literature in Oslo, on November 5th 2017.
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