Wars in nearby regions increased interest in books describing acts of espionage, sabotage, and intelligence. Presenting examples of the chess games played between terrorist organizations and states half a century ago and the “fifth column activity” that guided military operations, the novels describe the war in literary language, away from the political window.
In his novel Tallinn, the author Atilla Gülsuyu deals with the breathless chase of a young girl of Armenian origin, who studied law in Paris and joined the terrorist organization ASALA, from Beirut to Ankara. The chess game played between terrorist organizations and states, projected through Tallinn, the book’s protagonist, the book treats as a historical story the most turbulent days of the 70’s and 80’s in a literary language, away from the political window.
Author Atilla Gülsuyu, who explained that in her novel, which she wrote through representative characters, she drew attention to the enduring effects of animosity and hatred between societies on human life, commented on her book as follows: “In my novel , I convey to readers the events of our recent history, connecting them with states and terrorist organizations, using the unique possibilities of literature. Who killed the terrorist organization ASALA? Could the organization continue its activities under a different name? I’m looking for answers to your questions. By adding real people to my novel, I open the doors of intelligence agencies. I examine the notion of “state within a state” and the implicit links between terrorist organizations and states from a societal perspective.
TELLING THE COVERT WAR THROUGH HUMAN LIVES
Atilla Gülsuyu, who mentioned that the countries that want to have a say in Middle East geography, which includes Turkey in her book, tells about the covert war they waged with the intelligence agencies and underground organizations through human lives, saying: “ The conspiracy of events in my book unfolds through the “fifth column activity” we are witnessing today through the war in Ukraine. A mass or condition that cannot be grasped by actual intervention; All kinds of morally destructive work aimed at morally influencing it through propaganda, espionage, sabotage or terrorism or at making the war easier to win during the actual war fall within the scope of this activity. We can say that today it shapes the war in Ukraine, its aspect encompassing all espionage, sabotage and intelligence activities, as opposed to propaganda work. How this tactic was used 40 years ago, I convey in my book with a fiction. Readers will witness the deep state ties between countries as they flip through the pages of my book, in which I recount the forgotten events of the recent past.”
PHOTOGRAPHING THE WAR WAR
Author Atilla Gülsuyu, who said that the book’s plot ended where it began, said: “In my book, which surprised readers with an unexpected ending, I mix up the activities of the terrorist organization ASALA, the attack on Orly Airport left its mark on history, and Israel’s occupation of Lebanon with the unique structure of literature. With my lines, guided by elements of mystery and action, I take the reader on a journey through the experiences of a young girl in the dark and violent world of the 80’s. I photograph the debris created by war, espionage and propaganda activities and plans for sabotage by describing the actions of the terrorist organization ASALA, France’s support for this organization and the countries’ intelligence games. I shed light on the dark spots of our time caused by terrorist attacks and assassinations in the 1980s,” he said.