I woke up a few weeks ago in a new country. Because apparently I can’t get enough of the head-spinning dizziness of culture shock, the rush in the heart of waking up to new sounds, sights, and smells. This is Wroclaw, heart of Lower Silesia, former Breslau, former lots of things. For now, it’s home to my wife and me and our cats. Enjoy!
Sixteen months after I moved to Ankara, one of the leading literary figures of Turkey, Yashar Kemal, died. Kemal was a polarizing force of Turkish literature: charismatic and beloved by generations who came up in his wake, he was also a radical firebrand, a constant thorn in the government’s side. For these reasons, I’d long had his seminal novel Memed, my Hawk, on my radar – what could inspire so… Read Article →