The 60-year-old Kurdish homosexual is committed to the unfair treatment of minorities. He hopes to believe that his country will be free from the “harm” caused by President Erdogan’s government.
Letter from Istanbul
The 66-year-old Kurdish-Turkish writer Murathan Mungan has a slender and elegant figure. On the Asian side, in a tree-lined house in Beykoz, Turkey, he secretly moved from his house. Examining his life. country. “As Paul Valery said, Turkey is in a state of mental crisis”, He summed up from the living room bathed in light, where he entertained the guests with a lot of small dishes, these small hot and cold dishes and hot tea.
Assuming a homosexual, elegant intellectual, this man is a character in contemporary Turkish literature, author of more than 60 books, novels, essays, short stories, poems and plays. Several of his books have been translated into foreign languages. His first collection of short stories, The last Istanbul, Written in 1980, just published in French, translated from Turkish by Sylvain Cavaillès (Kontr, 224 pages, 21 euros).
This book marked a turning point.The writer makes his come out, Describes the meeting between homosexuals in the “belly” of the Turkish bath in Istanbul.This hotel is run by an old lady who is an aging protective figure who tends to close her eyes “On certain things” Make money. “Those who stopped there on the way home from get off work, they ended their work day, “is sleeping“ In the Turkish bath that night, they didn’t know or didn’t want to know their names, they never knew and never knew their names, and then they would leave. Maybe this is the real separation. Perhaps it was a secret ceremony born out of unknown magic. “
This piece of news describes a hidden world that social hypocrisy does not allow to reveal, especially in 1980. The editor who provided the work at the time refused to publish it. In 1985, a small publishing house finally accepted it.The book was reissued in the 1990s “Pave the way for others, but homophobia still exists”, Regrets its author.