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- DescriptionTwo young people from foreign lands meet in a shop in Cambridge: Brani Tawo, a Kurdish political refugee from Turkey, and Feruzeh, who had fled to the UK from revolutionary Iran. Slowly, their love begins to grow, fed by stories, a shared love of literature and a subtle recognition of their mutual displacement. Brani Tawo narrates vignettes from his family history, vivid tales that evoke old legends: shepherds struck by lightning, soldiers returning home with war trauma, blood feuds that destroy families, bears mauling villagers in search of stolen cubs and a photographer who carries news to the villages in the form of the portraits he takes. These dark, inherited memories, combined with his own melancholy nature and chronic insomnia, weigh on Brani Tawo, who often seeks contemplative solace in graveyards. Over time, however, drawn by Feruzeh's quiet radiance, he begins to reach a freer place within himself. Feruzeh also harbours grim family secrets, and when she suddenly returns to Iran to attend to an emergency, Brani Tawo kws what he must do - Sins and Incents is a warm, intimate love story redolent with the (often harsh) music of Central Anatolian village society as well as the Cambridge sophistication of Wittgenstein, Brooke, Grantchester Meadows, colleges, churches and cafes.
- Author BiographyBurhan Sonmez was born in Turkey and grew up speaking Turkish and Kurdish. He worked as a lawyer in Istanbul, and was a founder of the social-activist culture organisation TAKSAV (Foundation for Social Research, Culture and Art). Sins and Innocents, his second novel, received the Sedat Simavi Literature Award, Turkey's most prestigious literature prize - which Sonmez is the youngest-ever author to win.
- Author(s)Burhan Sonmez
- PublisherGarnet Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication15/05/2014
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Place of PublicationReading
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGarnet Publishing Ltd
- Weight191 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine14 mm
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