Tools to Change Society
August 17, 2011, Istanbul. Meltem Arikan's sharp tongue about women's rights issues has been followed with interest around the world. Her bold approaches to unspoken horrors and truths has made many sit up and take notice. Her 4th Novel, Stop Hurting My Flesh, has been republished today in Turkish, and will be available in English in the Fall of 2011.
Arkadas Press now has enough interest among our readers to republish Stop Hurting My Flesh, and 6 other Meltem Arikan novels. Stop Hurting my Flesh was briefly banned in Turkey by censors in 2004, but Arikan won publication by taking the matter to court. She was later awarded the Free Expression of Thought Prize by the Turkish Publishers' Association.
Stop Hurting My Flesh is the story of four women's struggle. They showed the courage to inquire about their past traumas in order to free other women with similar pasts. The novel focuses on the consequences of past traumas of all women.
Arkadas will soon release (in Turkish) three more of Meltem Arikan's novels under the rubric of "more friends."
Meltem Arıkan sivri diliyle ve kadın haklarına dair konular karşısında sergilediği açık, cesur yaklaşımlarıyla sadece Türkiye'de değil, dünyada da pek çok kişinin ilgiyle takip ettiği bir yazar.
Şuanda 7. baskısıyla okuyucularına ilgisine sunduğumuz Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın, 2004 yılında toplatılmış, sonra mahkeme kararıyla yeniden kitabevi raflarında yerini almış ve bütün bu sancılı dönemlerin ardından Türkiye Yayıncılar Birliği tarafından Düşünce ve Özgür İfade Ödülü ile ödüllendirilmiş bir kitap.
Kitapta hayatlarında türlü travmalar yaşamış dört kadının, benzer geçmişe sahip diğer kadınları hayata bağlama çabaları anlatılıyor.
Meltem Arıkan, yakın zamanda piyasaya sürülecek üç kitapla daha Arkadaş çatısı altında yerini almış olacak. Bu kitaplar ise, yazarın ilk kitapları olan Ve… Veya… Belki…, Evet… Ama… Sanki ve okurdan büyük beğeni toplamış bir diğer roman olan Kadın Bedenini Soyarsa.
Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her first short stories and essays were published in various literary journals during 1992 – 1995. Her first novel, Ve… Veya… Belki… (And… Or… Maybe…) was published in 1999, followed by Evet... Ama... Sanki... (Yes… But… As If…) in 2000 and Kadın Bedenini Soyarsa (Undressing Herself) in 2002.
Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association.
After her first 6 novels, Arikan wrote the script for the play Oyunu Bozuyorum (I’m Breaking the Game) which premiered in August at the Zurich Theater Spectacle, performed by Garajistanbul and awarded the “New Unique Play” prize from VIII. Lions Theatrical Awards in 2007. She published a research book titled Beden Biliyor (The Body Knows) in 2008. In 2009 another play, Parallel, whose dramaturgy was by Arıkan, was staged by Garajistanbul as a part of the Linz 2009: European Capital of Culture program. Her last novel, Özlemin Beni Savuran (Your Yearning That Sways Me) was published in June 2009.
Her fifth novel Zaten Yoksunuz (You Exist In No Way) was published in 2005, followed by Umut Lanettir (Hope is a Curse) in 2006. After
“Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association.
“New Unique Play” prize from VIII. Lions Theatrical Awards in 2007.
Meltem Arikan has been named as one of our Heroes of Revolution 2.0.