Murat Işık

Murat Işık (b. 1977) is a Dutch writer and lawyer of Zaza-Turkish descent. Işık studied law at the University of Amsterdam and San Francisco State University. His first novel, Lost Country, was published in 2012 and won the Bronze Owl literary prize. His second novel, Be Invisible, was published in 2017. This story is set in the Amsterdam Bijlmer neighbourhood, where Işık grew up. It was awarded the Dutch Book Trade Prize 2018, the Libris Literature Prize 2018 and De Inktaap 2019.

Mijn moeders strijd

Mijn moeders strijd

(Ambo Anthos, 2020, 160 pagina's)

‘Being a girl made me an unhappy child,’ author Murat Işık’s mother tells him. In My Mother’s Fight he traces his mother’s tumultuous childhood in Turkey and her struggle to free herself first from traditionalist expectations and later from her marriage to an angry, unpredictable compatriot. Even the act of telling her story to her son meant contravening deeply-embedded notions of pride and a cultural taboo against airing one’s dirty linen in public.

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