Reviews

  • "[A] critical voice… Demirtas writes poignantly about the lives of ordinary people and his stories are memorable for the unvarnished simplicity of his prose… The fact that…[Demirtas] continue[s] to write, despite their confinement, is some measure of their courage and the indomitability of the human spirit"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Full of sharp humour, warmth and wit"

    Sarah Shaffi, Phoenix
  • "Selahattin Demirtas is Turkey's most famous political prisoner. He is also that rarest of beasts, a liberal, a democrat and a feminist in a part of the world that is more frequently associated with coercion and intimidation. By turns playful, didactic and full of love for his native Kurdistan, Dawn is a ray of light in the penumbra of today's Middle East"

    Christopher de Bellaigue, author of The Islamic Enlightenment
  • "Marvelous and deeply affecting, the imprisoned Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas brings to life the great heart and spirit of ordinary Kurdish people. His stories are horrific yet hopeful, heart-wrenching yet humorous, and offer much-needed insight into what everyday life is like in 21st-century Turkey"

    Christiane Bird, author of A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan
  • "Selahattin Demirtas’ short stories are beautiful and full of surprises, especially in their bold portrayal of women. A new addition to Turkey’s tragic canon of literature written in prison"

    Jennifer Clement, author of Gun Love and President of PEN International
  • "Imprisoned Kurdish lawyer and progressive politician Demirtas delivers a closely observed series of portraits of lives oppressed… A welcome debut collection. One hopes for more—and that Demirtas will not be silenced by his captors"

    Kirkus
  • "[Demirtas’] visceral tales expose unfathomable darkness with an unshowy, fable-like straightforwardness as the book nonetheless subtly arcs toward hope… Already a publishing sensation with 200,000 copies sold in Turkey alone, Demirtas' empathic collection shines the light that its title promises"

    Booklist
  • "Funny and heart-rending, shocking and amusing"

    Sunday Telegraph