Turkish Literature
Boundless Solitude

Boundless Solitude
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Publishers : Milet 
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Boundless Solitude tells the story of Handan Sarp, a soprano at the Istanbul City Opera who has struggled throughout her life to come to terms with her lesbianism in a society that shuns the open expression of female queerness. As the story unfolds through a series of anecdotes that explore Handan’s childhood, youth and adulthood in Istanbul in the second half of the twentieth century, a powerful narrative of nostalgia for a lost past emerges. The central figure in the story is Elem, a young working-class seamstress with whom Handan Sarp started a relationship when she was in her late thirties. The ties that bind Elem and Handan are strained by their class differences, and Handan also struggles as a soprano in a society in which opera is accorded little respect. We learn that Elem and Handan eventually parted ways, and the novel examines their relationship through Handan’s recollections as she mourns the loss of her lover. The novel is constructed as a series of vignettes that highlight the nature of memory as a means of reconstructing the past for a woman whose future holds no hope and whose life is shaped by the loneliness that results from her inner struggles as a lesbian in the restrictive social environment of Istanbul.

Barcode : 9781840598568
Size : 130x195mm
Number of Pages : 552
Publication Date : 02/02/2014
Translated by : Mark Wyers
Cover Type : Paperback
Language : English

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