Prison Memoir of a Kurdish Revolutionary
The second instalment of the iconic memoirs of one of the first female fighters of the PKK
Remarkably, the story she tells here is foremost one of resistance, with courageous episodes of collective struggle behind bars including hunger strikes and attempts at escape. Along the way she also presents vivid portraits of her fellow prisoners and militants, a snapshot of the Turkish left in the 1980s, a scathing indictment of Turkey's war on Kurdish people - and even an unlikely love story.
The first prison memoir by a Kurdish woman to be published in English, this is an extraordinary document of an extraordinary life.
Translated by Janet Biehl.
Sakine Cansiz was a Kurdish revolutionary, who was a leading member of the PKK, present at its first congress of 1978. She was imprisoned between 1980 and 1991 for her membership of the PKK. A close associate of Abdullah Ocalan, she was murdered in Paris in 2013.
'Diyarbakir Military Prison was the main site of Kurdish resistance during the early 1980s and as a senior member of the PKK, Sakine Cansiz played a leading role in it. This book is an excellent resource for understanding this historic period in Kurdish politics' - Cengiz Gunes, author of 'The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: From Protest to Resistance' (Routledge, 2012).
'This memoir advances our knowledge of human endurance and allows the reader a closer look into the world of state violence. This is a compelling story of fear, hope, tensions, despair, joy, but mostly a dream of liberation' - Shahrzad Mojab, co-author of 'Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge'
'With tremendous lucidity and power Cansiz tells a story of struggle against dehumanisation. This is a deeply moving documentation of the origins of the Kurdish women's movement ... beautifully written and urgent' - Estella Schmid, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
'Sakine shows not only Kurdish women, but all women that the most beautiful way to live is to embrace life with more strength. Every woman who longs for freedom will find a voice in Sakine's struggle' - Gönül Tepe, Kurdish Women's Liberation Movement
List of People
List of Political Names and Acronyms
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745339849
eBook ISBN: 9781786804938
135mm x 215mm