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Turkish Author Özgür Mumcu’s Essential Reading for the Holidays

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on November 25, 2016
This article was updated on December 7, 2016

Özgür Mumcu is a Turkish journalist, author and free-speech activist. He graduated from Galatasaray University Faculty of Law, and later completed his masters and doctorate degrees in Paris at the Sorbonne University. His columns have appeared in newspapers such as Birgün, Radikal and Cumhuriyet since 2009. Mumcu, whose father was an investigative journalist for Cumhuriyet newspaper and was assassinated when the author was just 15, risks a 4-year prison sentence for writing an article entitled “Tyrant and a coward,” referring to Turkey’s President Erdoğan. 

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The Peace Machine


Pushkin Press will publish his bestselling 2016 novel, The Peace Machine, in English, in 2018. It will also be translated into German and Spanish. 

Which books would you like to read during the holidays that you haven't found time to read before?

I'll be reading Robert Harris' Conclave. I think he's a brilliant thriller author. His interest in politics and his journalism background makes his books more than a page-turner. So his new book is on the top of my reading list.

Which book (s) do you re-read regularly during the holidays that you might buy as a gift for a friend?

Elias Canetti's Auto da Fé is one of the few books that gives me an urge to re-read occasionally. The world is going through troubled times. Authors like Canetti or [Stefan] Zweig are to be read again in order to comprehend the social and political transformation we are witnessing. Auto da Fé is a novel that has reached the zenith of story telling. 

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