Tales from Behind the Window by Edanur Kuntman

Posted September 20, 2019 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 18 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Tales from Behind the Window by Edanur KuntmanSeries: Stand-alone
Published by Europe Comics on August 21, 2019
Genres: Memoir
Source: NetGalley
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“Tales from behind the Window" is based on memories of an Anatolian grandmother and women she knew who suffered from male dominance over their lives. Writer and illustrator Edanur Kuntman seeks a unique way to express and give voice to women in her grandmother’s memories and in our reality who were not able to reconcile their inner emotional depth with their rural worlds in Northern Turkey. One long and two short stories included in this book revolve around terrifying emotional burdens such as forced marriages, being betrayed by patriarchs, and lost love, which have haunted and still haunt many in rural Anatolia.

Tales From Behind The Window is a graphic novel created by Edanur Kuntman, who tells a story based on the memories of her grandmother born and raised in Samsun, Turkey.

The concept alone is heartbreaking . . . Forced marriages and patriarchal practices of the most emotional kind make this graphic novel so real that it’s impossible not to feel for the women in the story, and every woman facing the same injustices. Kuntman portraits all of this in a way that the story flows well through beautifully illustrated pages, depicting realistic images of her grandmother’s neighbourhood and capturing emotions, moments, and characters with very fine colouring. Pictures can express what words cannot describe and, like in this case, they give voice to important matters that should never be forgotten.

Sad, real, and evocative. I strongly recommend to read this in paperback, so that you don’t miss the great job this author/illustrator has done depicting such a poignant memoir.


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18 responses to “Tales from Behind the Window by Edanur Kuntman

  1. Oh my, this does sound so heartbreaking. I would not have considered a graphic novel the right thing for a topic like this, but after your description of the art, I am hooked. I need to read this.

    • I got hooked the moment I read this was based on memories of her grandmother, and I honestly thought you might have liked the premise as well, Verushka 😉

  2. Jen

    Wow, this sounds so good! I’ve recently been getting in to reading Graphic Novels and have really enjoyed how they can convey some really deep issues. You’re absolutely correct that images can express what words can’t always so adequately describe. Such a wonderfully written review!! <3 Jen

    • I’ve always loved graphic novels, but I’ve never read a memoir in a form of one, it made for quite the interesting experience. I’m glad you agree with what I said about images, and I hope you like this graphic novel if you ever decide to give it a go 🙂

    • Graphic novels are great and sometimes can really surprise you, like in this case. I agree with what you said, that is actually one of the things I thought while reading this. Happy you enjoyed my review, Chanzie!

    • It’s a format that has a lot to offer in my opinion, I’d recommend to give it a go, there are lots and lots of amazing graphic novels, and some of them are really surprising like this one 🙂

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