From Publishers Weekly
In his latest novel, Farhi weaves together 13 short tales to tell a powerful story of Turkey just before, during, and after World War II. On the eve of war, people still believe in a Turkish culture that can accommodate any number of races and religions. But Hitler's march through Europe makes this an increasingly dicey proposition for the nation's Jews and the Turks who wish to stand by them. As Turkey begins to unravel, a cross-section of young Turks race toward adulthood in an increasingly polarized world, each in turn telling a piece of the country's beautiful and savage tapestry. In the luminous "Lentils in Paradise," two young boys find honest delight in the pleasures of the body, but soon discover that they can't be children forever after what they discover in the women's bathhouse. In "A Tale of Two Cities," a group of foolhardy teens embark on a plan to save their friend's relatives from persecution in Greece. The story is imbued with the tragedy of a doomed mission. Its honesty captures the ephemeral, sensual and often brutal process of becoming an adult as the book's haunting tone walks the line between a novel of ideas and an extended coming of age story.
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'A novel of startling integrity and beauty.' Independent on Sunday 'A triumph of imaginative memory.' The Guardian 'An unforgettable coming-of-age story ... What's more, it's also about the coming-of-age of his native country ... exuberant, kaleidoscopic.' New York Times 'Writing of this quality and passion is a gift.' Time Out 'Enchanting ... love in its multiple manifestations pervades this wise, generous book.' Financial Times 'Moris Farhi is not only one of Turkey's most remarkable writers, but also one of the major pens of world literature.' Fnac 'His is a quicksand sort of storytelling that sucks you in, redolent with poetry and heavy on the sex.' Big Issue 'Humour, compassion, joy, and distress guide this extraordinary cast of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Sexual delight and erotic discovery suffuse the stories - lovemaking is God's superb benefaction to every man and woman on earth. The narrators obey this dictum with utmost content, and the novel becomes all the more enthralling for that.' Ararat 'Everyone should go out immediately and buy Young Turk. Warm, witty, wise, humane, it's a delightful and moving book.' Nicholas Murray, author of Kafka
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