The Stone Building and Other Places

On August 20, 2016, as Sevinç Türkkan worked on her English translation of The Stone Building and Other Places, its 49-year old author, Aslı Erdoğan, was arrested by the Turkish state police and charged with supporting a terrorist organization. She had been serving as an editorial advisor to a pro-Kurdish newspaper advocating for the rights of Kurds living in Turkey. After 136 days of pre-trial detention, she was released. Today she awaits trial for “destruction of the unity of the state.”