Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780745338019 Published April 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745338033 Published April 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Sara

My Whole Life Was a Struggle

Sakine Cansiz

Sara

Sakine Cansiz

Distributed for Pluto Press

Translated by Janet Biehl
384 pages | 16 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780745338019 Published April 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745338033 Published April 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The bitter struggle of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) against the Turkish state has endured for decades in the face of major setbacks and violence. This memoir tells that story through the experience of one person, Sakine Cansiz—codenamed “Sara”—a cofounder of the PKK who dedicated her life to its cause—until she was assassinated in 2013.
            This memoir, available for the first time in English, tells the story of the first chapter of Cansiz’s life, from the founding of the PKK in 1974 through her arrest in 1979. She writes here about the excitement of entering the movement as a young woman—and discovering quickly that she would have to challenge traditional gender roles as she rose among its ranks. And she succeeded: total gender equality is now one of the central tenets of the PKK.
            Today, Sara lives on, an inspiration to women fighting for liberation around the world. Her story, told in her own words, is by turns shocking, violent, and groundbreaking.
Review Quotes
Çigdem Dogu, coordinator of Kurdistan Women's Communities (KJK)
“Here is the story of a fearless Kurdish woman full of fight, who, with pain and resistance, resurrected and caused resurrection, who rebelled and caused rebellion, who became free and caused freedom. Her story is the story of Kurdistan, the story of Kurdish women, the story of Middle Eastern women. A story that renews itself with the consciousness of freedom.”
 
Estella Schmid, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
“Sakine Cansiz was a true pioneer and one of the founders of a political movement whose story is far from over and whose latest chapters we witness unfolding in today's events in Turkey and Syria . . . . Kurdish women have been awakened by this struggle and are taking the lead in grasping their right to life as full and free human beings. This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the real motives of this unique modern political movement.”
 
Meredith Tax, feminist activist and author of A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State
“A brilliant, passionate girl who discovers Kurdish politics in high school and flees her family, determined to become a revolutionary instead of a housewife—this is Sakine Cansiz as she develops into a PKK founder and leading strategist of the Kurdish women’s liberation movement, trying to understand how to make the personal and political mesh. A riveting, inspiring book.”
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