October 12, 2005


Turkish war novel takes aim at a hostile Europe (Dan Bilefsky, OCTOBER 12, 2005, International Herald Tribune)

The year is 2010 and the European Union has rejected Turkey. Fascist governments have come to power in Germany, Austria and France and are inciting violence against resident Turks and Muslims. A vengeful Turkey joins forces with Russia and declares war against the EU.

Turkish commandos besiege Berlin, obliterate Europe and take control of the Continent.

Some critics will be quick to dismiss "The Third World War," a new futuristic novel by a 30-year-old Turkish writer, Burak Turna, as the wild imaginings of a conspiracy theorist and literary shock jock - and in many ways it is.

But the novel, which dominates bookstore windows in Istanbul, has sold more than 130,000 copies in two months and is rising on best-seller lists across the country. As Turkey embarks on what could be 10 years of tortuous talks to join the EU, Turkish observers say the novel's popularity reflects the growing wariness of Turks about a Europe that is increasingly wary of them.

"Turks are getting fed up with the EU's constant demands - and 'The Third World War' has tapped into that," said Sinan Ulgen, a Turkish commentator. He noted that the book's pithy, cinematographic style has helped it resonate with taxi drivers, government officials and housewives alike.

Russia will be useless by then too, but the rest is entirely plausible.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 12, 2005 11:40 AM

We should translate it into French and German, just to help a young author with his sales, of course.

Posted by: Luciferous at October 12, 2005 12:27 PM

Russia has nukes, which will encourage the Europeans to capitulate without a fight (except the Poles).

Hopefully, NATO will have dissolved by then, so we won't get drawn in.

Posted by: pj at October 12, 2005 12:42 PM

Turkey won't need our help.

Posted by: oj at October 12, 2005 12:45 PM

Why fight, when there will be nobody there?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 12, 2005 11:13 PM

It sounds fantastic, I would like to read that book. Pls a publishing house contact him to translate this book. I found his web site. www.burakturna.com

Posted by: Reamy at October 14, 2005 5:09 AM
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