Kaya Genç

Kaya Genç is the author of three books from Bloomsbury Publishing: The Lion and the Nightingale (2019), Under the Shadow (2016), and An Istanbul Anthology (2015). He has contributed to the world’s leading journals and newspapers, including two front page stories in The New York Times, cover stories in The New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, and The Times Literary Supplement, and essays and articles in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New Statesman, The New Republic, Time, Newsweek, and The London Review of Books. The Atlantic picked Kaya’s writings for the magazine’s "best works of journalism in 2014" list. A critic for Artforum and Art in America, and a contributing editor at Index on Censorship, Kaya gave lectures at venues including the Royal Anthropological Institute, and appeared live on flagship programs including the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC and BBC’s Start the Week. He has been a speaker at Edinburgh, Jaipur, and Ways with Words book festivals, and holds a PhD in English Literature. Kaya is the Istanbul correspondent of the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Turkish Contemporary Art 2.0

Kaya Genç interviews contemporary Turkish artist Halil Altındere and writer Süreyyya Evren about "User’s Manual 2.0: Contemporary Art in Turkey 1975–2015."...

The Return of the Repressed

Arabic is one of the six most spoken languages in the world today, with more than 400 million people using one of its varieties....

Imagining the “Other”

Nazi propagandists instrumentalized and distorted Turkey for the political purposes of the Third Reich....

Hercule Poirot and Us

Contributor Kaya Genç examines actor David Suchet's role as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot....

Auerbach in Istanbul

Erich Auerbach’s life in Istanbul, after escaping the Nazis, and his greatest work, "Mimesis"...

Wilde in the Office

A hundred and twenty five years ago, Oscar Wilde edited a fashion magazine, his first and only office job. We have ...



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