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THE LAST CHANCE STOP
Editor: Müren Beykan
It’s the score of hope, in the game of life!
Çiğdem Sezer, one of the multi-award winning poets and writers of Turkish literature who appeals to readers of all ages, tells the adventures of a group of young people who grew up with losses and deprivations and accompanies their walk of life with a warm story of solidarity. The novel depicts the magical touches of a teacher, as well as arts and sports, to the lives of psychologically wounded high school students in despair. Adorned with fine details, realistic characters and surprising paths, the novel evokes hope for the future and the courage to seek new ways.
Sefa lives with his father and stepmother in one of Istanbul’s impoverished suburbs and he is a vocational high school student. Even the principal of the school where young people from poor and broken families meet, has given up hope on them. However things change when the new PE teacher wishes to start a handball team. Young people who come together for this sport which they encounter for the first time, work extremely hard for the score of “hope”. Even though they were traumatized by the collision with life at an early age, will the doors be open to them thanks to sports and arts?
Çiğdem SezerBorn in Trabzon, Turkey, Sezer graduated from Ankara Gevher Nesibe Health Education Institute. She worked as a nurse and a teacher. Her poems were published in various literary magazines such as Kıyı, Karşı, Çağdaş Türk Dili and Varlık. After her first book of poems Kanadı Atlas Kuşlar (1991), she received Dünya Book Magazine Poetry Award for Çılgın Su (1993), Orhon Murat Arıburnu Poetry Award for Bir Şehrin Hatıra Fotoğraflarından (1998), 2006 Ceyhun Atuf Kansu Poetry Award for Dünya Tutulması (2005) […]
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1st edition: 2021
3rd edition: 2023
handball • poverty • sports • arts • losing parents • teacher-student relationship • community life • death • painting • family • writing • longing • success