Synopses & Reviews
Seven years after their divorce, Ilana breaks the bitter silence with a letter to Alex, a world-renowned authority on fanaticism, begging for help with their rebellious adolescent son, Boaz. One letter leads to another, and so evolves a correspondence between Ilana and Alex, Alex and Michel (Ilanas Moroccan husband), Alex and his Mephistophelean Jerusalem lawyer— a correspondence between mother and father, step-father and stepson, father and son, each pleading his or her own case.
The grasping, lyrical, manipulative, loving Ilana has stirred things up. Now, her former husband and her present husband have become rivals not only for her loyalty but for her sons as well.
Galip roams Istanbul in search of his missing wife. “An inventive and...exuberant modern national epic” (London Sunday Times); “one of the worlds finest writers” (New Statesman). Translated by Güneli Gün.