On The Other Side of the Mountain




ALPTEKIN, Yasemin: “The Multicultural Biography of an Era : The Other Side of the Mountain ", Journal of Turkish Literature, 2 , p. 93-104, 2005: A review of the novel from the point of view of Ying- yang philosophy


RENÇ, Dilek "Between Generations Across Cultures: Exploring Female Memory", The International Fiction Review, 29(1-2), p. 62-68, 2002: A comparative study on the works by Ayla Kutlu, Erendiz Atasü, Eudora Welty and Katherine Anne Porter, from the point of view of the writers' approaches to the alternative history of women.


DOLTAŞ, Dilek "Making History, Fiction and Theory Reconcile: An Esthetic Reading of The Other Side of the Mountain", PALA Centential Conference on "New Pasts, Old Futures", Bern University, April, 1998; Journal of Turkish Literature, 2 , p. 105-110, 2005: The novel is surveyed from the aspect of literary theories and evaluated as an internalization and interpretation of history from a feminine standpoint  in a multilayered textual construction , a combination of various genres; and therefore  is convinient for postmodernist readings.


GÖKSU, Saime "Kemalism Within: The Legacy of Atatürk", Turkish-Area
Studies, 51, p. 46-48, Oxford, November, 2000: It is argued that the novel which has a Kemalist spirit especially in the context of women's liberation, also criticises Kemalism from within.


HOLLAND, Tom "Ottomania", The Daily Telegraph, London, August 12, 2000: The critic compares THE STONE WOMAN of Tarık Ali with Erendiz Atasü's THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. His preferance is for Atasü's work which he defines as "a novel profoundly Turkish and yet also so creatively aware of European literary models",and claims that "it shows Turkey's soul". Cumhuriyet Kitap, 577, p. 6, March 8, 2001.


KORKUT-NAYKİ, Nil "Woman’s Writing and the Body in a Turkish Context: Erendiz Atasü’s The Other Side of the Mountain", EDEBIYAT, Middle Eastern Literatures, Vol 17, no 3, s. 223-237, 2014: Nil KORKUT-NAYKİ in her essay, works on how Erendiz Atasü creates a woman’s writing to reveal the discrepansies a young woman of the first emancipated female generation of the Turkish Republic goes through in her relation with her body in a patriarchal environment. Korkut –Nayki argues that Atasü resorts to continual shifts in the narrative style to reveal the distance between the narrator and the protagonist , as well as to hint at the body-and soul duality of patriarchy. Another method Atasü resorts to is creating ‘’concrete imagry’’ to promote the neglected body and oppose to the idea that language is purely symbolic. Korkut- Nayki arrives at the conclusion that this novel as well as being a significant representative of contemporary Turkish literature, is an important contribution to world feminism.




LARSON, Vanesa "Turkish Epic", Worldview, 15 (3), p. 48-49, Washington, July- September, 2002: Review on the novel from the standpoint of historical context, style and the writer's views of her country.


ZYURT, Mine "Unveiling the Veiled Self”, Edebiyat, Vo 13, No 2, p. 199-209, 2003 :  A Study on use of metaphors in Erendiz Atasü's 'The Other Side of the Mountain, Analysing the novel within a framework of ‘feminin buildung roman’ where the protagonist goes through a process of self discovery.


THARAUD, Barry "The View From Mount Uludağ", EDEBIYAT, The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures, University of North Dakota (USA), 13 (1/2002): Tharaud in his extensive review of the novel, which he describes as a "fascinating interweaving of historical events, rememberances, and fiction", dwells mainly on the themes of social and personal disillusionment and betrayal; and portrays how the characters when faced with the "brutality of the 20th. Century" and the fragility of human condition, react; whether they can transfer disappointment into "an oppurtunity for learning and striving for personal freedom", or not. The critic finds the beginning and the ending of the novel, which he considers to be written under the influence of Virginia Woolf, less successful than the "inherently fascinating" central part presenting the adventure of the 20th. century Turkey, which will "appeal to Turks and non-Turks alike", a story "greatly enhanced by Atasü's skillful telling of her story, as a story".