BooksA mechanical fantasy: 'The Book of Devices' by İhsan Oktay AnarTranslated from the Turkish by the Binghamton University professor Gregory Key, the light and slim, three-chapter novella, ‘The Book of Devices' by İhsan Oktay Anar is a delightful romp from 19th century Ottoman times, when mechanical inventions swept across Europe to power the creative imagination More
BooksDavid Fincher's 'The Social Network' remains a forensic look at Facebook's historyDavid Fincher's ‘The Social Network' tells the story of the creation of Facebook, a platform that we now take for granted, and willingly and knowingly feed with our own information. It is quite sobering, in 2018, to revisit the company's beginnings and remember that all the problems we associate with it now, such as breach of privacy, the breakup of real friendships, were there at its very inception More
BooksSeven films to debut this weekEva
"Eva," which competed at the 68th Berlin Film Festival for the Golden Bear prize, focuses on an obsessive relationship between two characters.
BooksCarlos the Jackal: You cannot repel bullets with a folding fanIlich Ramirez Sanchez, who is also known as ‘Carlos the Jackal 2' was once the most wanted man in the world. He was chased by many intelligence agencies including the CIA, MOSSAD and Interpol. He was the subject of many movies and books. ‘Carlos,' who took the name Salim Muhammed after he became a Muslim in 1975, broke his long-lasting silence for Turkish readers More
BooksLeila Slimani's 'Lullaby' a masterful French middle class noirLeila Slimani's second novel ‘Lullaby,' winner of the 2016 Prix Goncourt, has been hailed in its 2018 English translation, as the next ‘Gone Girl.' The book is about the murder of the two children of Paul and Myriam, a mixed race couple who are the epitome of the French middle class. When Myriam decides to go back to work, she knows exactly what kind of nanny she wants to look after her children. Slimani's book tells us how Myriam's nanny of choice might not have been the best one after all More
BooksGem of Uighur literature: 'Confessions of a Jade Lord'
In 2013, Uighur novelist Alat Asem published ‘Confessions of a Jade Lord,' earning the Jun Ma Literature Prize, and a translation into English in 2018. As vice-chair of the Xinjiang Writers Association, Asem, who was born in Xinjiang in 1958, has an ear for preservation in the midst of cultural endangerment