A Strange Woman

A Strange Woman

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The pioneering debut novel by one of Turkey's most radical authors, originally published in the 1970s, tells the story of an aspiring intellectual in a complex, modernizing country.


Erbil's groundbreaking coming-of-age novel, nominated for the Nobel upon original release, follows a young woman and aspiring poet in Turkey. Nermin frequents Istanbul's coffeehouses and underground readings, but is torn between the creative, anarchist youth culture of Turkey's capital and her parents, members of the old cultural guard who are wary of Nermin's turn toward secularism.



In four parts, A Strange Woman narrates the past and present of a complicated Turkish family through the eyes of each of its members. This rebellious, avant-garde novel tackles sexuality, psychology, and history through the lens of a modernizing 20th-century Turkey. Deep Vellum brings this long-awaited translation of the debut novel by a trailblazing feminist voice to US readers.



Author: Leylâ Erbil
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Published: 04/26/2022
Pages: 196
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 7.87h x 4.96w x 0.71d
ISBN: 9781646051489

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 02/28/2022

About the Author

One of the most influential Turkish writers of the 20th century, Leylâ Erbil was an innovative literary stylist who tackled issues at the heart of what it means to be human, in mind and body. A Strange Woman, first published in 1971, is widely considered the first feminist novel to come from a Turkish author. Erbil ventured where few writers dared to tread, turning her lens to the tides of social norms and the shaping of identities, focusing intently on emotional conflict, and plumbing the depths of history and psyche. In 2002 and 2004 Erbil was nominated as candidate for the Nobel Literature Prize by Turkey PEN. She died in Istanbul in 2013.