Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran
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Ece Temelkuran speaking in Berlin, Germany, in May 2018
Born (1973-07-22) 22 July 1973 (age 48)
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Ankara University
Occupation Journalist

Ece Temelkuran (born 22 July 1973, Izmir[1][2]) is a Turkish journalist and author. She was a columnist for Milliyet (2000–2009) and Habertürk (2009 – January 2012), and a presenter on Habertürk TV (2010–2011).[1] She was fired from Habertürk after writing articles critical of the government, especially its handling of the December 2011 Uludere massacre.[3][4][5][6] She was twice named Turkey's "most read political columnist".[citation needed] Her columns have also been published in international media such as The Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique.[1]

A graduate of Ankara University's Faculty of Law, she has published 12 books, including two published in English (Deep Mountain, Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide, Verso 2010, and Book of the Edge, BOA Editions 2010).[1] In 2008 she was a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, during which time she wrote Deep Mountain, Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide.[1][7] Her books include Ne Anlatayım Ben Sana! ("What am I Going to Tell You!", Everest, 2006), on hunger strikes by Turkish political prisoners.[8] She was awarded the Human Rights Association of Turkey's Ayşe Zarakolu Freedom of Thought Award in 2008.[1]

Her first novel, Muz Sesleri ("Banana Sounds"), was published in 2010 and has been translated into Arabic[1] and Polish.[9]

In 2019, she published a nonfiction book How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship, about the rise of right-wing populism and how it operates.[10]

2021 saw the publication of her non-fiction book “Together:10 Choices for a Better Now” extolling the virtues of humanity and the need to be “together”.


  • Book of the Edge : Poems translator Deniz Perin, Rochester, N.Y. : BOA Editions, 2010. ISBN 9781934414361
  • Turkey: the Insane and the Melancholy, translator Zeynep Beler, London : Zed Books, 2015. ISBN 9781783608904
  • Women Who Blow on Knots translator Alexander Dawe, Cardigan : Parthian Books, 2017. ISBN 9781910901694
  • Time of Mute Swans. Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2017. ISBN 9781628728149
  • How to Lose a Country: the 7 steps from democracy to dictatorship. Fourth Estate Ltd., 2019. ISBN 9780008340612
  • Together:10 Choices for a Better Now. Fourth Estate Ltd., 2021. ISBN 9780008393809


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