Review : Black Sky, Black Sea by Izzet Celasin

Categories 3 Literature

This is an interesting and moving account of the struggle of Turkey’s intellectual young elite through the country’s political clashes in the 1977-1981 period. Written largely in the first person, the style reflects that of a naïve precocious young man through the tumult and competing claims of traditional family life, enlightened academic education, violent political upheaval, and sexual relationship.

The narrator Oak, identified as the author in the epilogue, lacks identity and conviction, and so is tossed between pacifism and revolution, as well as between the varied attractions of the women he encounters and possibly loves. He is carried along on these waves, rather than determining his own perspective. Fittingly, he ends up in neutral Norway. The revolutionary cause, personified in Zuhal, is doomed.

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