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Next stop is Alexandria, where we learn more about the Egyptian Revolution and they attend a party for Hypatia. Attorney Ece Temelkuran practiced law only once during her career, fully aware of the symbolism of the case: The men in this book do not come out well.

Most people believe the CIA has a hand in all this. Indeed, one of the first things duugumlere do when they get together is to mimic the men of their respective countries. She certainly mothers them to a certain extent and they partially resent this but they soon all four become close.

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We are looking forward to Turkish journalist and bestselling author Ece Temelkuran. Then Madame Lilla offers to take all three of them to Syria on a trip over land — she does not fly. The freedoms that they are fighting for are as much about freedoms for women as anything else.

She is thinking that she may write a book about the Arab Spring. They soon meet a fourth woman, a local woman but older than them. What dugumldre the world was I doing in this godforsaken country anyway?

Ece Temelkuran: Düğümlere Üfleyen Kadınlar (Women Who Blow on Knots)

There is barbed wire around the ministries, soldiers everywhere and people complaining that things do not seem to have improved much. We had no idea that the cure to all our problems was present in each other and that the balm we would blend together could protect humankind from evil.


The Arab Spring in Tunisia does not seem to be as successful as they had hoped. Main menu Start Tickets re: They go to a bathhouse where Amira has something of an altercation with some other young women, and visit Carthage, where they remember a couple of Tunisian feminist icons — Dido and Kahina. Ece Temelkuran stands for honesty, criticism of the system, cugumlere courage. Our narrator, however, has decided to return to Turkey and she packs her bags and heads to the airport.

Giving a voice to the voiceless became a calling, for which she turned to writing. First published in by Everest First English publication by Parthian in This website uses cookies to improve your experience. As the narrator states A circular narrative. She is Madame Lilla and she invites them to dinner at her house. We follow events in Tunisia and Egypt and learn about events elsewhere, including but not limited to Turkey. Email Format html text. Published a few short months before the coup attempt in Turkey, its depiction of the military coup kadinlsr almost prophetic.

It is, of course, very much about the Arab Spring and, by extension, freedoms generally in the Muslim world, including Turkey.

Mme Lilla announces that she is looking for the man who destroyed the world I brought to life with my breath and produces a gun to show what she intends. Firstly, it is made very clear that the Arab Spring is not just a male uprising but that women were and are very much involved in it. Just before boarding she receives a phone call from a friend advising her not to come back as there have been more arrests.


Political engagement and unwavering criticism are her leitmotifs. We have numerous examples of this, from their purchase of alcohol in Tunisia and subsequent dispute with their taxi driver about it to their continual standing up to and challenging of men who have old-fashioned ideas about the role of women.

Ufkeyen four women both exemplify the independent woman in the Muslim world and are showing the way for other women. Our narrator is an unnamed journalist who, like Ece Temelkuran herself, has just been fired from her job in Turkey, for having criticised the government.

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It is no secret that, in much of the Muslim world, women are suppressed. You have to keep walking and Ladies, you must learn to drink your own tears and change pain into anger. From there they go, somewhat accidentally, to Beirut, where there are more revelations about their complicated pasts and they get involved in cocaine smuggling. A ring whose ends never touch. The journey to Syria, which makes up the bulk of the book, is naturally the most colourful part of the story.

Defending Kurdish children in a class action lawsuit against the Turkish state. Very soon, however, she meets two other women in the hotel. She has decided to go to Tunisia to see what is happening with the Arab Spring.

This is how women tell stories.