Bliss

By O. Z. Livaneli
Translated by Cigdem Aksoy Fromm
Read by Anna Fields

10.31 Hours 11/04/2006 unabridged
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Already an international bestseller, this lyrical and moving story embodies the sweep and contradictions of modern Turkey. In a rural Turkish village, young Meryem is raped by her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order. Outcast for shaming her family, she is locked in the cellar, where she is expected to kill herself. But she is defiant. Her commando cousin, Cemal, with whom she grew up, has returned a hero from fighting terrorists in the mountains. It is he who is chosen to execute his cousin outside the town, telling her he is going to “take her to Istanbul.” In Istanbul, a media celebrity professor named Irfan leaves his wife and charters a boat to sail the Aegean. By chance, these three fugitives cross paths and embark on a journey that shows what unexpected things can happen in the space between wounded people.

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Summary

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Already an international bestseller, this lyrical and moving story embodies the sweep and contradictions of modern Turkey. In a rural Turkish village, young Meryem is raped by her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order. Outcast for shaming her family, she is locked in the cellar, where she is expected to kill herself. But she is defiant.

Her commando cousin, Cemal, with whom she grew up, has returned a hero from fighting terrorists in the mountains. It is he who is chosen to execute his cousin outside the town, telling her he is going to “take her to Istanbul.”

In Istanbul, a media celebrity professor named Irfan leaves his wife and charters a boat to sail the Aegean. By chance, these three fugitives cross paths and embark on a journey that shows what unexpected things can happen in the space between wounded people.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Livaneli offers readers a fascinating look at the diversity of Turkey today in his American debut…Highly recommended for libraries where readers like to explore other cultures.” Library Journal
“Turkey’s wildly disparate and clashing cultures…collide in this romantic yet clear-eyed translation…Livaneli deftly folds his philosophical and political questioning into the psychology of his characters. Eye-opening and deeply moving—essential for anyone looking for decency in the world today.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: O. Z. Livaneli

O. Z. Livaneli was held under military detention during the coup of March 12, 1971, and lived in exile for eight years. He studied music in Stockholm then lived in Paris and Athens, returning toTurkey in 1984. Having achieved prominence as a writer and composer, he was elected a member of Parliament in 2002. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English