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BOOKS BY THE SEASON
Some ease into winter, embracing long books, some linger in summertime with itchy feet, and for some, autumn is the eternal season...

INURED TO WINTER?
Making ugliness attractive
“Ugliness”, says Umberto Eco, “is as worthy of discussion as beauty.” And what better time for the discussion than the long winter months. As he points out in the preface, beauty and ugliness are perceived differently in different times and in different cultures. But can ‘beauty’ and ‘ugliness’ constitute a universally acceptable system of values? Get your friends and your teapots ready. Before winter is over.

GOT THE AUTUMN BLUES?
Try this
Yusuf Atılgan’s ‘Aylak Adam’ (Idle Man) is a must-read for lovers of serious fiction, especially for those with the autumn blues. If they haven’t read it already of course. And particularly since the publisher has brought out a special 50th year edition of this cult novel that treats the question of individualism, which was new in Turkey in the 1950’s.

MISSING SUMMER?
Three magic words
Gay, sunny stories are in order for those who miss summer. Stories like ‘Bozcaada Tales’.  Three magic words: ‘going to Bozcaada...’  A bag, a ticket, a few other things... These stories are for those who go, those who can’t go and those who have always wanted to go. Kadir Aydemir has collected stories by 34 different writers. This book is the kind that will linger long in handbags and suitcases, on tabletops and in drawers.