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Ece Temelkuran:
How to Lose a Country:
The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship
01.04.
Roter Salon

Literature
German and English

Book launch

Presented by: Dilek Güngör, German Reading: Irene Baumann

One morning you wake up and ask yourself if this country, where you have always felt at home, where you've always dutifully cast your vote, and that – despite all the criticism! – you call your homeland, is still your country. That morning can be the morning after the coup in Turkey, after the Brexit referendum or after a European election that sets new records for right-wing populists: Populism has become a global disease. Instead of falling into a state of political shock, resorting to questioning the evil in human nature or retreating into an inner exile, according to Ece Temelkuran's urgent appeal we must face the danger head on. Even if Trump or Erdogan were to resign and leave politics today, their voters would remain a reality: populism does not disappear alongside a few megalomaniac leaders. In Turkey, Temelkuran has watched independent citizens turn into compliant puppets in a very short amount of time. According to the author, we must not limit ourselves to any one region's particular root causes. An effective opposition to the populist zeitgeist and a defence of democracy require an international debate to which everyone can contribute.

Ece Temelkuran, born 1973 in Izmir, is a lawyer, writer and journalist. Because of her oppositional views and criticism of the ruling party, she lost her job at one of Turkey's major daily newspapers. Her novel Women who Blow on Knots has been translated into twenty-two languages and was published in English by Parthian Books in 2017. Zed Books published the English translation of the non-fiction book Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy in 2016 and Arcade published The Time of Mute Swans: A Novel in 2017.

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