Sona Van’s books seized in Turkey28.02.2019
Sona Van’s books seized in Turkey
During an October 27 (2018) press conference in Yerevan, U.S.-based Armenian poet Sona Van told journalists how Turkey seized her book dedicated to Armenian Genocide victims, reported Sputnik Armenia.
According to the poet, the Turkish government seized her books among other books published by Ragip Zarakoglu last year, as it is presented in Turkish Demokrathaber.net.
“Talented translator, Turkologist Hagop Chakrian liked my poems and decided to translate them into Turkish. He sent the translations to Belge Publishing House, which is under the direction of Ragip Zarakoglu,” Sona Van said.
According to her, Zarakoglu personally edited and published the book devoted to the Armenian Genocide.
“He assumed the task. He wrote a great preface, and the book was published in 1,500 copies. There are many Armenians in Turkey, but I had focused on not only Armenian readers, but also Turkish intelligentsia,” she stated.
After the book’s publication, the poet was supposed to leave for Istanbul to have a meeting with the local intelligentsia.
“I had a fear, but I was expecting the meeting. I wanted to raise certain issues with Turkish intelligentsia. However, I learned that three publishing houses had been closed down by Erdogan’s executive order, and one of those publishing houses was Belge Publishing House. I also learned that my books had been seized,” Van said.
According to her, before the seizure, the publishing house had sent 100 copies of the book to Yerevan.