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Düğümlere Üfleyen Kadınlar – Ece Temelkuran

First published in by Everest First English publication by Parthian in The journey to Syria, which makes up the bulk of the book, is naturally the most colourful part of the story. Attorney Ece Temelkuran practiced law only once during her career, fully aware of the symbolism of the uf,eyen Firstly, it is a wonderful story as all four women are both fleeing from something but also looking for something and, in doing so, have a series of very colourful adventures, often in parts of the world that are not safe for anyone, let alone casual tourists.

Then Madame Lilla offers to take all three of them to Syria on a trip over land — she does not fly. Just before boarding she receives a phone call from a friend advising her not to come back as there have been more arrests. Most people believe the CIA has a hand in all this.

If you just read the book as a lively adventure kadinlae, you will enjoy it very much.

Indeed, one of the first things they do when they get together is to mimic the men of their respective countries. This is a long and complex novel. Published a few uflsyen months before the coup attempt in Turkey, its depiction of the military coup felt almost prophetic. She is naturally feeling despondent and wants to be on her dugumlsre in the evening.

Mme Lilla announces that she is looking for the man who destroyed the world I brought to life with my breath and produces a gun to show what she intends. Portraying this conflicted country—at once progressive and static; in revolution, yet painfully trapped—is a running theme throughout her work. Our narrator, however, has decided to return dugmulere Turkey and she packs her bags and heads to the airport.


Ece Temelkuran stands for honesty, criticism of the system, and courage. They find out a lot about Mme Lilla including her various names and about one another, as revelations are made. Despite this, the three do define themselves, to a certain degree, by their relationship to men, even if it is only a desire to kill one. Three of the women not the narrator have all had serious men problems and can be quite critical of men.

She advises the other three You cannot stay home. Email Format html text. However, there is much more going on. The freedoms that they are fighting for are as much about freedoms for women as anything else. A ring whose ends never touch. Defending Kurdish children in a class action lawsuit against the Turkish state. Main menu Start Tickets re: Their journey takes them to a UN refugee camp, to a group of Amazigh guerrillas fighting Gaddafi, with whom Mme Lilla seems to have strong connections, more connections with Dido, an explanation of the title of the book it comes from the Koran, specifically Sura The three women soon become fast friends.

What in the world was I doing in this godforsaken country anyway? It is no secret that, in much of the Muslim world, women are suppressed. As the narrator states A circular narrative.

Ece Temelkuran: Düğümlere Üfleyen Kadınlar (Women Who Blow on Knots) – The Modern Novel

These four women both exemplify the independent woman in the Muslim world and are showing the way for other women. They soon meet a fourth woman, a local woman but older than them. It is, of course, very much about the Arab Spring and, by extension, freedoms generally in the Muslim world, including Turkey. They go to a bathhouse where Amira has something of an altercation with some other young women, and visit Carthage, where they remember a couple of Tunisian feminist icons — Dido and Kahina.

There is barbed wire around the ministries, soldiers everywhere and people complaining that things do not seem to have improved much. From there they go, somewhat accidentally, to Beirut, where there are more revelations about their complicated pasts and they get involved in cocaine smuggling. This is how women tell stories.


Twelve more books would follow. At the same time, we are observing the Arab Spring, as it happens in Tunisia and also are learning about the situation in Egypt and Turkey. Firstly, it is made very clear that the Arab Spring is not just a male uprising but that women were and are very much involved in it. The Arab Spring in Tunisia does not seem to be as successful kadinlaar they had hoped.

There is not always agreement among the four as to exactly what is happening and what should happen. We had no idea that the cure to all our problems was present in each other and that the balm we would blend together could protect humankind from evil. She is thinking that she may write a book about the Arab Spring.

The Modern Novel

To reverse this phenomenon and regain our moral and political strength, Temelkuran believes we need to remember the entire history of the last few decades. She is Madame Lilla and she invites them to dinner at her house. Back at the hotel, she learns that Amira has had a further altercation with the women in the bathhouse and one of them has accidentally died. Very soon, however, she meets two other women in the hotel. They all have similar political ideas — fighting for freedom in their respective countries and also with strong feminist ideals.

We are looking forward to Turkish journalist and bestselling author Ece Temelkuran. Accept Reject Read More. We follow events in Tunisia and Egypt and learn about events elsewhere, including but not limited to Turkey. We have numerous examples of this, from their purchase of alcohol in Tunisia and subsequent dispute with their taxi driver about it to their continual standing up to and challenging of men who have old-fashioned ideas about the role of women.

She abandons her flight.