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  CALL FOR WOMAN WRITER ASLI ERDOGAN IMPRISONED IN TURKEY / / 01.10.2016
 
Please kindly distribute this call to all women and transsexual women around you, in the way of the language uttered here...

Dear All,

Aslý Erdogan, one of the most important writers of today’s Turkish literature, was taken into custody on August 17, 2016 and has been imprisoned at Bakirkoy Closed Prison For Women since August 19.

Aslý Erdogan, whose books have been translated into 17 languages so far, who has won many important literature prizes both in Turkey and in Europe, who was elected to be one of the “future’s 50 writers” in an inquiry by the French Literatute Journal Lire to determine the writers that would mark 21st century, lately won Tucholsky prize presented by Swedish PEN while she was still in prison.

Being a female conscientious objector and an antimilitarist, Aslý Erdogan poetically analyzes violence to its historical, philosophical and psychological extents, never neglecting to emphasize its phallocentric dimention in her columns as well as in her stories, novels and essays. Object of her stories has always been an injured collective woman. She has told these through an intensely agonizing literary language as if making two skinned bodies touch each other.

Having studied ballet and worked at theatres as well, Aslý Erdogan once worked at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research as a physicist. She started to write and quitted physics in Brasil while she was working there on her academic career.

Though it is clearly stated in the Press Law within the Turkish Legal System that there is no legal and criminal provision, Aslý Erdogan was arrested with the claim of “aggravated life imprisonment” and the accusation for “disrupting the unity and integrity of the state” and “being a member of a terrorist organization” while being an “editorial consultant” in Kurdish newspaper “Ozgur Gundem” (Free Agenda), which is a symbolical title, and for four articles, one of which was published in Turkish literature journal Karakarga and three of which were published in Ozgur Gundem, despite the nonexistence of any rational evidence against her and any crime factors in accordance with the current Turkish legal system.

 


 

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