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Young Turk: A Novel in 13 Fragments Paperback – 16 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (16 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863563511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863563515
  • Package Dimensions: 20.6 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,517,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...infused with a passionate humanism ... a lyrical celebration of the multicultural heritage of Turkish history.’ -- The Independent

'This is a treasure of a novel.’ -- Alan Sillitoe

Sweeping epic of the very best kind ... manages to juggle a large cast of characters ... while remaining intimate, lyric. -- Istanbul Literature Review

‘Beautifully rendered, poetic and mystical … A challenging, wry and rewarding read.’ -- Daily Mail

‘In Farhi’s writing there is a distinctive collision of traditions which results in something funny, political and unique.’ -- David Hare

‘a novel of startling integrity and beauty’ -- Independent on Sunday


Against the backdrop of Nazism, in a multi-racial Turkey giving sanctuary to many of Europe's fleeing Jews, a group of teenage friends struggles to understand events while reeling from (and relishing) the sexual and emotional discoveries of adolescence. An alluring woman initiates Mustafa and his classmates in the carnal delights of rose petal jam; Musa discovers the hard facts of reaching manhood when he is expelled from the women's baths; Bilal, a 14-year-old Jewish boy, sets off for Greece to rescue his mother's sister; and a circus orphan known only as 'Girl' falls head over heels for the new trapeze artist ...Young Turk is a novel in thirteen positions. Reminiscent of Julio Cortazar and Italo Calvino, this is a wise, craftily spun and spine-tinglingly erotic tale of love, courage and the forging of conscience.

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