The Rise of Eastern Literature?Posted: March 28, 2013
For all of Edward Said’s complacent dismissals of Eastern backwardness as imperialist-driven, novelist Ayfer Tunç argues that Turkish writers are perfectly capable of rising above the interminable clash of Occident with Orient:
… we’ve come to find it hard to believe in our own quality. This is because the history of our republic is the history of our complex about the West. We imported from the West, but we couldn’t believe we could send anything back in the other direction. This is the issue at the heart of our literature. But I’m keen to believe that young writers from this country can overcome this complex.
I don’t doubt it. Western values don’t need to be isolated to the West; literature can rise about the local and explore the universal.
If, of course, there’s the market to buy it.