by Tahsin Yucel




Fiction. Translated from the Turkish by Ender Gürol. It is 2073, and Temel Diker plans to demolish whatever he finds in Istanbul that does not accord with his aesthetic sensibilities. For him, an ideal Istanbul would be a city of skyscrapers of uniform shape and height lining streets that are numbered, not named. The exception to this sameness will be a Statue of Liberty, many times the size of the original, with his mother's face. Meanwhile, the poor are driven from the city. Castaways, they forage for food, surviving as well as they can in a polluted environment. Temel hires Can Tezcan, a successful lawyer and erstwhile Marxist, to help him pursue his goals, which involve privatizing the justice system. Can, however, has remained friends with rebels from his youth and, through them, gradually learns of the social injustices that pervade his world and the sterility that underlies his client's vision.

In SKYSCRAPER, Tahsin Yücel brilliantly evokes a dystopic future in which people of means are enmeshed in lives of a dull sameness, while the poor are driven to fend for themselves in a polluted environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584982005
Publisher: Talisman House, Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Pages: 231
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tahsin Yücel (1933-) is among Turkey's most celebrated novelists. A translator as well from French to Turkish, he was for many years a member of the French Language and Literature Department at Istanbul University. He has received numerous awards in Turkey for his novels and short stories.

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