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Jailed Turkish author Ahmet Altan Released from Prison: Critical Linking, November 8, 2019

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“‘A moment of freedom for Ahmet Altan, who gets to see the world again,’ wrote Sands, referencing the title of Altan’s prison memoir, I Will Never See the World Again, which was longlisted for the £50,000 Baillie Gifford prize in September. Assembled from notes given to his lawyers, Altan writes in the book of how ‘never again would I be able to kiss the woman I love, embrace my kids, meet with my friends, walk the streets … I would not be able to watch the sunrise.'”

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Seth gets it.

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