For Rina and Jerry and all comers, a list. In no particular order...they mentioned
Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, and a 16th-century poet named Fuzuli. As well as Aziz Nesin, Refik Halit Karay, Cemil Kavukçu, and Orhan Veli Kanik. I've read some of these in an amazing, wonderful, and otherwise supercalifragilisticexpialidocious compendium of Middle Eastern writing titled Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. I've also read one of the Mehmed series They Burn the Thistles by Yaşar Kemal and thought it was outstanding. Truly brilliant.
That compendium mentioned above also contains a ton of Persian, Arabic, and Urdu lit. Worlds uncovered.
The Turks I know are mostly concerned with an 'accurate' portrayal of Turkey, and feel Pamuk tends to tailor his writing to European preconceptions/tastes. I don't know, I enjoy his writing a lot. One writer they laugh at, expectorate toward, and generally heap scorn upon: Elif Şafak, the Forty Rules of Love chick.
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