- 5 years ago
A summary of Yasmine Ghata's book 'The Calligrapher's Night' and the influences of her family on this novel.
It’s 1923, and the young Rikkat is being brought up in the belief that her entire life will be devoted to the art of calligraphy. That same year, Atatürk’s republic breaks away from the Islamic tradition and progressively abolishes the Arabic language and scripts in favour of a modified version of the Latin alphabet… Blending elements of magical realism with a vivid description of Turkey at a turning point in its history, The Calligrapher’s Night (Hesperus Press, translated by Andrew Brown, 2006) is a wonderfully evocative debut novel which is inspired by the life of the author’s grandmother and resonates with current debates within the Muslim world. Yasmine Ghata is in conversation with Malaysian-born writer Tash Aw.