Synopses & Reviews
From a popular and innovative Turkish author comes a darkly comic tale about humanity's endless and entertaining absurdity, and its futile attempts to create perfection. Kicked out of conservatory in his youth, our narrator wanders exotic worlds before arriving at a city called Motherland. The city's inhabitants never talk about evil events, but the messenger boy murders are different. As our increasingly intoxicated narrator attempts to solve the mystery of the deaths of these seemingly perfect creatures, he discovers the city's strange secrets.
A swift, hypnotic tale, populated by outrageous characters: genetically engineered messenger boys; a wolf scientist stock broker; an Indian servant and Shakespeare scholar named Wang Yu; and a monkey called Isabelle.
Our narrator wanders exotic worlds before returning to his hometown, the Motherland. The city's inhabitants never talk about evil events, but the messenger boy murders are different. Whilst attempting to solve the mystery, our narrator encounters strange characters and learns secrets.
Unwillingly charged with investigating mysterious deaths among the city's fleet of seemingly perfect, ageless messenger boys, Stravrogin encounters the city's strange, charismatic characters and its even stranger secreta program of genetic engineering.
About the Author
Perihan Magden is a popular and provocative Turkish author, whose writing is marked by its diverse influences, edginess and dark humour. She graduated from the Psychology Department at Istanbul's prestigious Bosphorous University. In addition to her novels, short stories and poetry, Magden writes a column for a leading Turkish newspaper.