Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Berji Kristin: Tales from the Garbage Hills Paperback – July 1, 2000
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
The translators must have worked well, for I hear Tekin's singular voice clearly through the static of translation. Tekin's voice evokes a mindset, a web of beliefs in rumor and in superstition, a mindset of naïve ignorance. Her characters' beliefs are in motion, transforming themselves with time, like the shifting forms of clouds. Yet these beliefs serve an unchanging function: to bring some hope and comfort to the miserable lives of squatters in cardboard and tar paper huts in a stinking dump. Here's an excerpt.
"One morning a stone with an inscription was uncovered behind the mosque on Factory Foot. Word spread through the huts that a saint lay under the stone, and it was considered an offence to urinate or spit on the spot or pass by without saying a prayer. The whole community went to the stone and prayed for water. Metal bowls and little tins were filled with water and lined up round the stone to show the saint what water was. They explained the difficulties of carrying water from wells on top of far-way hills in tins dangling from both ends of a yoke slung across their backs. Buttons were undone and backs bared, and everyone in turn showed the stone the calluses on their necks and backs... But not one drop of water could be had from `Water Father' and in time people forgot they had ever prayed to him for water. Instead childless women and those with wishes to be fulfilled took him whatever they could spare from the little water in their cans - until there were so many bowls and tins at Factory Foot that they blocked the way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This may be a poetic beautiful book in Turkish, but in English it is mind-numbingly boring.Nothing else to say about this book.Published on January 24, 2014 by the shrike
I was very excited to read this book after writing a 20-page paper on the settlements described in the book, the "gecekondu". However, the book was disappointing. Read morePublished on February 17, 2006 by amzie pavlisin