5 Mart Perşembe 19:00

Reading Turkey in English: Motherland Hotel

Catherine McKimm

In Alberto Manguel’s words, “Motherland Hotel is a startling masterpiece, a perfect existential nightmare, the portrait of a soul lost on the threshold of an ever-postponed Eden.”

Motherland Hotel was hailed as the novel of the year when it was published in 1973, astonishing critics with its experimental style, its intense psychological depth and its audacious description of sexual obsession. Its main character Zeberjet has been compared to Quentin Compson in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Meursault in Albert Camus’ The Stranger

Now our Book Club is ready to meet Zeberjet in this extraordinary novel by Yusuf Atılgan, one of Turkey’s premier modernists.

Translated by Fred Stark; published by City Lights Publishers.

Catherine McKimm: An avid reader, reluctant lawyer, committed teacher and published author. Mother of four, married to a fabulous cook, she loves eating but not cooking. Born in Sydney, Australia, and based, for now, in wonderful Istanbul, she is a dedicated world traveller and loves to experience the different cultures and people that make this planet such an inspiring place to live. 

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