Articles by Lydia Kiesling

December 15, 2011

Grand Officier Yaşar Bey 0

On December 17, Turkish author Yaşar Kemal will be decorated as a Grand Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur.  Kemal received the rank of Commander in 1984.  Read his contribution to our Year in Reading series here.  (Via HaberTürk.)

November 22, 2011

“It was a nasty autumn morning…” 0

A thoughtful piece of fiction to mark the November 10 anniversary of Atatürk‘s death.

October 31, 2011

Felt Succeeds Where Words Fail 0

Spike Jonze and Olympia Le-Tan collaborate on a short, creepy, bookish sex romp, animated in felt and set in Shakespeare and Company.  Via The Dish.

October 19, 2011

Wanting it Bad: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 4

On its face, The Marriage Plot appears to be a novel that mentions a lot of novels without talking about any of them. These facile, knowing references disguise the sly ways that this novel engages with its predecessors.

October 7, 2011

Modern Library Revue: #76 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 6

It is a dark and lovely poem, written by the possessor of a sinister wit.

October 5, 2011

The Unlovable Nobel Novelist 0

Why don’t Turks like Orhan Pamuk?  A detailed analysis here.

September 16, 2011

Modern Library Revue: #25 A Passage to India 4

This gets to the heart of both my admiration and my anxieties about this novel. How can we write across culture, or think across culture, even, in a way that is fair? The cowardly answer is that we can’t.

August 11, 2011

Dispatch from Turkey: Plagiarism Charges Levied at Award-Winning Author 17

Award-winning polyglot Turkish author Elif Şafak has been accused of plagiarism by a translator in Turkey, where her newest novel Iskender was released on August 1.

June 20, 2011

Nom de Plume: Literary History and the Curatorial Principle 19

I see it as a book for these times and no other. Our particular moment is all about managing data rather than producing it; a theme is assigned, the material assiduously curated.

April 27, 2011

Confluence of Pleasures: On Reading and Tuna Fish 15

Proust’s madeleine would have made more sense to me had Proust, upon discovering the power of the cookie, obtained a huge box and eaten them while reading all seven Chronicles of Narnia.