Cemal Süreya
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Cemal Süreya (1931–1990), a major Turkish poet and essayist, whose official name was Cemalettin Seber, was born in Erzincan (in present-day northeastern Turkey). His family was exiled to Bilecik (in northwestern Turkey) in the mass deportations following the Dersim rebellion of 1937, and his mother died soon afterwards. During teenage years marred by an abusive stepmother, Cemalettin was educated as a free boarder at Haydarpaşa Lisesi (secondary school) in Istanbul. He then studied finance and ec…

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Kerslake, Celia, “Cemal Süreya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 15 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25478>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 9789004335745, 2017, 2017-5

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