Unofficial Roxelana and Other Plays
Translated by Irem Secil Reel Sen
6 x 7.5 inches, 328pp, 50 halftoness January 2017
ISBN : 9780857423856
Rs 850.00 (PB)
At a time when Turkey is recovering from an attempted coup, struggling for its secular identity, resisting the influence of the Islamic State and finding itself at the heart of the European refugee crisis, accomplished Turkish playwright Özen Yula offers a deep, artistic portrait of the country and its culture. Yula, whose work focuses on marginalized individuals within oppressive social systems, has a lot to say about the problems facing global democracies—issues such as failures in the social contract, human rights violations, territorial security, religious strife and nationalism.
Unofficial Roxelana and Other Plays is a collection of Yula’s most significant work. It illustrates how problematic power structures emerge regardless of different governmental configurations, always resulting in the repression of marginalized members of society—in this case, from renowned Turkish historical figures, such as Roxelana and Rumi, to the pariahs of modern Turkey. With a contextualizing introduction by Marvin Carlson and a lengthy interview with Yula, this first-of-its-kind anthology is an invaluable glimpse into the tempestuous and deeply artistic modern Turkey.
Özen Yula is internationally recognized as a daring, avant-garde playwright and director. His plays have been translated into 14 languages. He was chosen the first international artist in residence for the ‘Creative Fusion’ programme of Cleveland Foundation in 2010. Critics characterize his work as dark, comical, visually daring and at the forefront of controversial social issues.
Irem Secil Reel Sen