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Ikinci Yeni : The Turkish Avant-Garde

Ikinci Yeni : The Turkish Avant-Garde

Translated by George Messo

Shearsman Books, 168 pp, ISBN 101-8-4861-066-1
Series 3 Number 16 - The Dialect of the Tribe

Review by Alev Adil

Poetry has always been the dominant art form in Turkish culture but in the 20th century both Turkish politics and poetry were to be transformed in the crucible of a modernist revolution that strove to erase the past and rewrite the future. The Kemalist Turkish Republic in 1923 introduced a language revolution, which sought to streamline, simplify and ‘...

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The University of Chicago Press, 20009, 978-0-226-69889-2, £31.00

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