The Engraved Lighter / İşlemeli Çakmak

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Nibel Genc
Zeynep Genc


Turkish, massacre, Dersim


Nibel Genc has been held since 1994 as a political prisoner defending the freedom of Kurdish people and is presently imprisoned in the Bakirkoy Women’s Prison in Istanbul. “The Engraved Lighter” is her fictional story as told by a young girl whose great-grandfather survived the 1938 Dersim massacre along with his son, whom he managed to rescue from the hands of the Turkish soldiers. While they were caught and waiting for their fate to unfold, another prisoner gave his engraved lighter to the great-grandfather just before the prisoner was shot.

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Genc, N. (2017). The Engraved Lighter. Misir Kocanlarini Kizartan Koku [The Smell That Turns the Corn Cobs Red]. Nota Bene Yayinlari.