Killing words: Murat Gülsoy’s “Nisyan”

Nisyan üzerine yazılmış…

The Turkish Literature Blog: Ayfer Tunç, Latife Tekin, Murat Gülsoy, Sema Kaygusuz, Ece Temelkuran, Nazlı Eray, Elif Şafak, Mario Levi...

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This is the first book by Murat Gülsoy I’ve read so far. Contrary to the title Nisyan, which means “oblivion” or “forgetting”, the contents of these 112 pages are unforgettable.

Doubtlessly, the form and style of this novel can be called unusual. Every chapter consists of half a page resembling a short story. Its heading and its last sentence are always identical, and in most cases striking. Using a stream-of-consciousness technique and frequent time shifts, Gülsoy describes the thoughts of an old man probably suffering from dementia. His brain is depicted as an empty huge room, in which at times a memory from long ago “lights up” like a small flame. The only person he remembers is his son Adem when he was 6 years old. It seems as if time froze that exact year when Adem was playing and drawing colourful pictures.

The blurred perception…

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