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Dec 14 2018

Sarah Jessica Parker spotted carrying jailed Kurdish politician’s storybook

American actress Sarah Jessica Parker was photographed while she was carrying the book “Dawn” by Selahattin Demirtaş, a collection of short stories written by the imprisoned former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Selahattin Demirtaş was detained on Nov. 4, 2016, and published a short story collection, written behind the bars while awaiting trial.

The book is his first work of fiction, selling more than 200,000 copies in Turkey.  Some of the stories are political satire – one is addressed to the prison letter-reading committee that controls what he writes – but most are portraits of working-class life on the margins. There is also a chilling story about an “honour killing”, which is also the title story of the collection, Seher (Dawn).

The book is published by Parker’s imprint SPJ Hogarth in association with Penguin Random House.

The publishing group describes the book on its website as an “unforgettable collection from one of Turkey’s leading politicians and most powerful storytellers.”

“In the book, I wanted to draw attention to the ‘oppression of men’, not to the ‘quietness of women’, Demirtaş known for his pro-feminist views said about his book.

“I dedicated the book to women, but the message of the book is to men. I just tried to show solidarity with brave women who are fighting for women’s liberation, and contribute to the discussions confronting the male mentality. No man is free until they thoroughly challenge male mentality. In this respect, the main target of this book is men,” he said.