Death In Troy by Bilge Karasu

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A young man growing up in a small coastal village comes of age in an atmosphere of sublimated, disoriented male eroticism. Governed by religious and sexual taboos, rigid gender roles, stifling maternal love, and the enforced silences of social decorum, he is driven to the point of insanity from which he must slowly and painfully return. Told from several points of view and structured in a series of intersecting flashbacks and interior monologues, the novel describes the difficult geography of male intimacy from multiple perspectives—adolescent friendship, homosexual desire, mother-son bonds, and those between men and women.

Bilge Karasu (1930–1995) was one of Turkey’s most inventive and beloved writers. His novel Night (Louisiana University Press) was published in English in 1994.

 

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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. Karasu is an influential reference point in the progress of Turkish fiction writing. A perfectionist, a philosopher, and a master of literary arts, he left behind a body of work, which, although intricately woven and at times obscure, skillfully outlines a world unmatched in its crystal clear transparency.Karasu's novel, Night, was published in English translation by Louisiana State University Press in 1994 and was awarded the Pegasus Prize for Literature. Death In Troy is the second of his works translated in English and was published by City Lights in 2002. Karasu's The Garden of Departed Cats, was published by New Directions in 2004. Aron Aji, a native of Turkey, has translated works by several Turkish authors in addition to Bilge Karasu including Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, Nedim Gursel , and Latife Tekin.  He is the recipient of the 2004 National Translation Award for his translation of Karasu's The Garden of Departed Cats, and a 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in support of the translation of A Long Day's Evening.  A member of the American Literary Translators Association, Aji holds a PhD in comparative literature, serves as dean of the college of arts and sciences at St. Ambrose University, and is a visiting professor at the University of Iowa's MFA program in Translation.  City Lights has previously published another of Aji's translations, Karasu's Death in Troy.
 
Published June 1, 2002 by City Lights Publishers. 116 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Death in Troy is a teeming, elliptical examination of repressed homosexuality by popular Turkish writer Bilge Karasu (1930-1995), his second novel to be translated, by Aron Aji, into English (after Night).

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