Author(s): Izzet Celasin
1977. Poised between the secular values of socialism and the conservatism of a tenuously balanced government, Istanbul is a fractured city haunted by demons of its own making. Along with thousands of other left-wing activists, Oak's interest in politics leads him to join the annual May Day rallies. There he encounters Zuhal, a fearless girl with a gun. As battles rage between nationalists and socialists, Oak witnesses the violent suppression of dissident minorities by his fellow citizens. The bewitching Zuhal begins to shape his ideals, bringing him face to face with disillusionment, and death.
Winner of Gyldendal Best Political Novel 2007.
Izzet Celasin is a Turkish political refugee, imprisoned after the 1980 military coup and ultimately forced to emigrate to Norway in 1988. He wrote his first novel, Black Sky, Black Sea, in Norwegian, his adopted language. Charlotte Barslund is the translator of the Inspector Sejer novels by Karin Fossum and of novels by Per Peterson and Carsten Jensen.