A book penned in a Turkish prison cell has been nominated for a major prize.
I Will Never See The World Again was written by Turkish journalist Ahmet Altan, who is serving a life sentence after being convicted of crimes against the state.
His work is up for the Baillie Gifford Prize For Non-Fiction.
Altan was arrested and imprisoned in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 and is “now confined to a cell four metres long”.
Nobel laureates have signed an open letter to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling for his release.
“Each page of the book … is a resounding testament to the power of the artist’s imagination,” judges of The Baillie Gifford Prize For Non-Fiction said.
Altan reflects upon his sentence in the memoir and on the “hope and solace a writer’s mind can provide, even in the darkest places”.
The longlist for the £50,000 prize also features biographies of novelist George Orwell and painter Lucian Freud, plus a book on the “untold” lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.
The shortlist will be announced next month and the winner on November 19.
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