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Weeping Mountain Silent River, Ayşegül Devecioğlu
Metis Fiction
Novel
13 x 19.5 cm, 264 pp
ISBN No. 978-975-342-586-5

Prints:
1st Print: March 2007
Ayşegül Devecioğlu
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About the Author
A well-known journalist and a political activist of many years, Ayşegül Devecioğlu has acted as a spokesperson of her generation, refusing to be silenced by the coup d’état in 1980, which smashed all grassroots political mobility in the country. She held various editorial positions at newspapers, journals and television channels, addressing feminist and leftist issues. Echoing The Bird’s Song is her first novel, a groundbreaking text in addressing the history of the repressed in Turkey. Her second novel, Ağlayan Dağ Susan Nehir (Weeping Mountain Silent River, 2007) about the Roma in the Balkans, calls into question republican identity-formation in Turkey.
Other Books from Metis
Kuş Diline Öykünen (Echoing the Bird’s Song), 2004
Ayşegül Devecioğlu
Weeping Mountain Silent River

Ağlayan Dağ Susan Nehir

Reviews
Devecioğlu’s second novel narrates the silenced history of the Roma in the Balkans. At the center of the narrative are the fables, lies, disguises and mysterious sorrows of a Gypsy nanny long gone. The narrator looks back and tries to get at the truth at the heart of her nanny’s lies, with recourse to an eclectic mix of tales, myths and documentary records. In this novel about identity, amnesia, history and self-denial, Ayşegül Devecioğlu calls into question republican identity-formation in Turkey.
REVIEWS
Asım Kahveci, Bugün, 2 April 2007
“From the first sentence of the novel onwards, the author takes the reader on an obscure journey. This is a trip where the roads are walked by everybody but the journey belongs solely to the Gypsies, a community excluded by all. With much care and labor Ayşegül Devecioğlu gives its due to the discourse of difference and cultural diversity, a discourse which popular culture only parrots and mindlessly celebrates.”
Hande Öğüt, Mesele, June 2007
“In her recent novel Devecioğlu narrates the story of a Gypsy woman. The story of a Gypsy who tries to escape her own identity for a lifetime, but also the story of the narrator. The narrator is determined to seize the truth with her story, rather than surrendering her story to the truth.”