For June, we reached out to İletişim Publishing research and analysis series editor Tanıl Bora. He prepared the following reading list for young readers.

It’s a difficult decision to choose books and when you have to choose only five… To pave the way for myself, I will choose five books from the publishing company I work for, hoping you would understand.


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1. André Comte-Sponville / A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues

“A moral and philosophical guide. From courage to justice, the book talks about eighteen basic virtues. This bright book makes you feel the challenges, responsibilities, struggles and royalness of being human. Both in coincidences with evil intentions and good, I re-read this book as guidance.”

In this graceful, incisive book, writer-philosopher André Comte-Sponville reexamines the classical virtues to help us understand “what we should do, who we should be, and how we should live.” In the process, he gives us an entirely new perspective on the value, relevance, and charm of the Western ethical tradition. Drawing on thinkers from Aristotle to Simone Weil, by way of Aquinas, Kant, Rilke, Nietzsche, Spinoza, and Rawls, among others, Comte-Sponville elaborates on the qualities that constitute the essence and excellence of humankind. Starting with politeness-almost a virtue-and ending with love-which transcends all morality-A Small Treatise takes us on a tour of the eighteen essential virtues: fidelity, prudence, temperance, courage, justice, generosity, compassion, mercy, gratitude, humility, simplicity, tolerance, purity, gentleness, good faith, and even, surprisingly, humor.

Sophisticated, lucid, and full of wit, this modestly titled yet immensely important work provides an indispensable guide to finding what is right and good in everyday life.

Image result for barış bıçakçı bizim büyük çaresizliğimiz2.Barış Bıçakçı: Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz. (İletişim Yayınları).

*English translation isn’t available.





Image result for kıymetli şeylerin tanzimi3.Sezen Ünlüönen: Kıymetli Şeylerin Tanzimi (İletişim Yayınları).

*English translation isn’t available.





Image result for kuş eppeği 4. Levent Cantek: Kuş Eppeği. (İletişim Yayınları).

*English translation isn’t available.






 Image result for Dünyadan Aşağı. 5. Gaye Boralıoğlu: Dünyadan Aşağı. (İletişim Yayınları).

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For February we reached out to renown writer from Turkey and PEN International board member Burhan Sönmez to ask for his reading suggestions to young writers and why he picked them.   1. Elıas Canettı / Crowds and Power Original Title: Masse und Macht “A pıece of work almost lıke an encyclopedıa of lıfe. A rare book, …


Sönmüş ışıkların unutulduğu, parlayan yıldızlarla çevrilmiş siyah bir hiçlikte doğdum bugün.  Tenimde kan, ruhumda toprak var. Ellerim tutmuyor, gözlerim hiçliğe bakıyor ve yalnızca ağlıyorum ilgiye, sevgiye, açlığa. Zaman umarsızca yapıyor işini ve geçiyor beni görmeden.  İşte şimdi sanatçısı Tanrı, korsan yazarı insan olan kitaplara ve paraya hizmetçi yeminli ellere budanıyorum: “Doğrul! Doğrul! Doğrul!”   Hatalar yapıldı, bir süre sonra …


Born on August 4, 1792, the life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplify English Romanticism in both its extremes of joyous ecstasy and brooding despair. Romanticism’s major themes—restlessness and brooding, rebellion against authority, interchange with nature, the power of the visionary imagination and of poetry, the pursuit of ideal love, and the untamed spirit …

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