The Parallel State by Guy Martin. First edition (2018). First impression large format hardback in new condition. No markings, this is a new book, signed by Guy Martin. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About The Parallel State
This book is a multi layered project which began life as an examination of the Turkish soap opera and film industry. However, over the course of five years it evolved. As a result, it turned into a semi fictional study of truth, reality and lies in contemporary Turkey. In 2012 Turkey was seen as a stable democracy with a secular leadership growing ever closer to the E.U. The then Prime Minster, Tayip Erdogan was the great reformer, the hope and the standard for how the West wanted a democratic Islamic country to be. Whilst living in Istanbul I became interested in Turkish soap operas and their use as a successful soft power tool. These lavish productions are some of the most watched television shows in the world with millions of viewers across the globe from the Balkans to Indonesia. They are political, not afraid to moralise and also, depending on the channel, fiercely partisan with a heavy douse of political ideology. Through a personal connection, I was introduced to a soap opera director and then given free rein to shoot on set. The project began here and I recorded the action of the soap operas. Both during, before, and after the cameras were rolling.
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