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Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist, a political thinker, and a public speaker whose work has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Le Monde, La Stampa, El Pais, New Statesman, and Der Spiegel, among several international media outlets. She won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book award for her novel Women Who Blow On Knots and the Ambassador of New Europe Award for her book Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed book How to Lose a Country and her most recent book, Together has been published in several languages and was shortlisted for the Terzani Award in Italy.

Ece Temelkuran lived in Beirut, Tunis, and Paris to write her novels. She was a visiting fellow at Saint Anthony's College Oxford to write Deep Mountain: Across The Armenian Turkish Divide, and she lived in Zagreb after the military coup attempt in Turkey in 2016. Since her recent fellowship at The New Institute in Hamburg, she has been living in Berlin and is now a fellow at Robert Bosch Foundation, working on a new book about ‘home’. She ran, a digital communication project based on her book Together, and she is on the advisory board of Progressive International and Democracy Next, as well as being a regular contributor to Internazionale magazine. She has written libretto for opera and her novels are adapted to stage both in and outside Turkey.

In 2023, she won the El Mundo Award for her body of work. Her website is

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