Burhan Sönmez on the Tensions Between Politics and Art in Turkey

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The momentous Turkish presidential election, whose second round will take place on Sunday, has more than just geopolitical consequences; it is a watershed for culture as well. Since 2016, after a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government here has cracked down on artists, writers, filmmakers and academics, who have experienced censorship, job losses and a climate of fear.

For the novelist Burhan Sönmez, who is part of the country’s ethnic Kurdish minority, the…

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