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At first my publisher had reservations about publishing it in the form you are familiar with.
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At some point they figured out that you can win elections with a pro-European policy because the voters hope this will improve their lives.
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Can this phenomenon be put down to the collective subconscious, or to the practical cleverness of populist politicians?
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I don't really fit into the mould, though. I chose art rather than the positivist-rationalist life of an engineer, the one that was meant for me.
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I really don't want to portray the Islamists as simply evil, the way it's often done in the west.
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I see Turkey's future as being in Europe, as one of many prosperous, tolerant, democratic countries.
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I want to describe the psychological state of the people in a certain city.
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In the eighties I watched hard-line Marxists converting to political Islam after the collapse of their belief system.
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Leaving aside the reactions to my comments on our past for a moment, one must say that we are now living in a different Turkey.
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Look here: I don't write a political novel to make propaganda for a particular cause.
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My hero wants to belong too, but he doesn't want to give up all the things he came to value in the west.
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My parents were justifiably worried about me. In the mid-seventies there was something crazy about the idea of a Turkish boy making a name for himself as a writer.
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Some of my secularly-minded readers were furious at the fact that I had made such efforts to understand the situation of girls who voluntarily wear the headscarf.
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The average Turkish citizen longs both to join the EU and to see a strengthening of the traditional Turkish identity.
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The challenge is to lend conviction even to the voices which advocate views I find personally abhorrent, whether they are political Islamists or officers justifying a coup.
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The first edition was 100,000 copies, a huge economic risk for the publisher. I was quite proud of the fact that the book was not banned or censored.
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The hero of the book does long to experience God. But his conception of God is very western.
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The opponents of this process have always tried to vilify westernization as a poor imitation.
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The secularists in Turkey haven't underestimated religion, they just made the mistake of believing they could control it with the power of the army alone.
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There's been quite a clear upswing in nationalist sentiments. Everyone is talking about it, in Turkey as well.
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These political movements flourish on the margins of Turkish society because of poverty and because of the people's feeling that they are not being represented.
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Traditionally, we had a very rigid system of political representation. The opportunity to enter the EU shook everything up.
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Well now, Turkey has started developing this kind of Islam, after all. The hardliners among the Islamists scornfully call it "Islam light", believing that they represent the "true Islam".
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Well, on the one hand the Turks have the legitimate need to defend their national dignity - and this includes being recognized as a part of the west and Europe.
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When countries go through the effortful process of making themselves EU-compatible, nationalism flourishes as well.
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You're right, the characters in my novel are groaning under the burden of universal ideas. Overtaxing yourself with powerful ideas is practically a Turkish passion.
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