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New Texts Out Now: Erdag Goknar, Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy: The Politics of the Turkish Novel

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Erdağ Göknar, Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy: The Politics of the Turkish Novel. London and New York: Routledge, 2013.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erdağ Göknar (EG): I have both an academic and personal interest in Pamuk. I first met him when I was a graduate student and have known him for fifteen years. I am also the translator of his historical novel My Name Is Red, a book that ushered him onto a world literary stage. The translation ...

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Erdağ Göknar

 

Erdağ Göknar is Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies at Duke University and an award-winning literary translator. He holds a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern studies (Turkish Studies, University of Washington) and has published three novel translations (most recent editions listed): Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red (Everyman’s Library, 2010); Atiq Rahimi’s Earth and Ashes (from Dari, Other Press, 2010); and A. H. Tanpınar’s A Mind at Peace (Archipelago, 2011). He is the co-editor of Mediterranean Passages: Readings from Dido to Derrida (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). His most recent book is a critical analysis of the Turkish novel entitled Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy: The Politics of the Turkish Novel (Routledge, 2013).