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A Long Day's Evening

A Long Day's Evening

Turkey's great experimental modernist pens a philosophical novel in three parts about desire, faith, and the psychology of prohibited love.

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ISBN 9780872865914
Published 1 November 2012 by City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Karasu, Bilge
Translated by Aji, Aron
Translated by Stark, Fredd
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ISBN-13 9780872865914
ISBN-10 0872865916
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 1 November 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Karasu, Bilge
Translated by Aji, Aron
Translated by Stark, Fredd
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 168
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 213g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Faith, Istanbul (Turkey) - History - To 1453, Monks - Byzantine Empire
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 894.3533
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

One of Turkey's most interesting modern writers. -- Booklist When the Emperor of Byzantium orders the destruction of all religious paintings and icons, Constantinople is thrown into crisis. Fear grips the monastery where Andronikos, a young monk, is thrown into a spiritual crisis. Amidst stirrings of resistance he decides to escape, leaving behind his beloved Ioakim, who must confront his own crisis of faith and decide where to place his allegiance. The dualities of dogma and faith, individual and society, East and West, are embodied in a story of prohibited love and devotion to the unseen.Bilge Karasu (1930-1995) was born in Istanbul. Often referred to as the sage of Turkish literature, during his lifetime he published collections of stories, novels, and two books of essays.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Commended for Literary Award (Translation) 2013
NZ Review From 8th century Constantinople to Istanbul in 1960, Karasu's words travel the temporal distance like a flock of storks, flying to a horizon where history intersects with faith, religious and political, and where memory looks and finds meaning. Only a master can choreograph such a difficult journey . . . and Karasu is one. This is a fascinating novel and a pleasure to read. -- Sinan Antoon, author of I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody <br><br><br>

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Author's Bio

Author Bio: Bilge Karasu (1930-1995) was born in Istanbul. Often referred to as the sage of Turkish literature, he is regarded as the preeminent Turkish modernist writer. During his lifetime, Karasu published collections of short stories, novels, and two books of essays. His novel, Night, was published in English translation by Louisiana State University Press in 1994 and was awarded the Pegasus Prize for Literature. City Lights published Death In Troy in 2002, and in 2004 New Directions published The Garden of the Departed Cats. Translator Bios: Aron Aji, a native of Turkey, has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, and Latife Tekin, including two book-length works by Bilge Karasu: Death in Troy (City Lights, 2002), and The Garden of Departed Cats (New Directions, 2004), which received the 2004 National Translation Award, sponsored by ALTA. Aji is also the recipient of a 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for his translation of Karasu's A Long Day's Evening. Fred Stark is an American translator who has resided in Turkey for many years. His translations include works from many of Turkey's most prominent authors, including Bilge Karasu and Murathan Mungan, and he regularly translates commentary and interviews with cultural figures and artists, such as Hale Tenger.

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