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ISBN-10: 0872868982
ISBN-13: 9780872868984
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 08/15/2023
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H

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Lojman

Translator: Aron Aji
Translator: Selin Gökçesu

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Overview

Abandoned by her husband, marooned by an epic snowstorm, a mother gives birth to her third child. Her sense of entrapment turns into a desperate rage in this unblinking portrait of a woman whose powerlessness becomes lethal.

Lojman tells, on its surface, the domestic tale of a Kurdish family living in a small village on a desolate plateau at the foot of the snow-capped mountains of Turkey’s Van province. Virtually every aspect of the family’s life is dictated by the government, from their exile to the country’s remote, easternmost region to their sequestration in the grim “teacher’s lodging”–or lojman–to which they’re assigned. When Selma’s husband walks out one day, he leaves in his wake a storm of resentment between his young children and a mother reluctant to parent them.

Written in startling, raw prose, this novel – the author’s first to be translated into English – is reminiscent of Elena Ferrante’s masterful Days of Abandonment, though its private dramas are made all the more vivid against an imposing natural landscape that exerts a powerful, life-threatening force.

In short, propulsive chapters, Lojman spins a domestic drama crystallized through the family’s mental and physical claustrophobia. Vivid daydreams morph with cold realities, and as the family’s descent reaches its nadir, their world is transformed into a surreal, gelatinous prison from which there is no escape.

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"Lojman is a feverish account of the thrashings of an imprisoned body and soul and a hallucinatory examination of motherhood, individuality, and romantic love. A dark, original, exciting novel."– Ayşegül Savas, author of Walking on the Ceiling

"A parable of violence–of state mandation, of mothering alone, of being mothered, of the vastness of nature–that shocks the system like stepping out the front door into a snowstorm. What does it mean to be a woman, and to be mothered by women, who have suffered under such alienation? Ebru Ojen captures the experience of immense pain with dark fervor and deft lyricism."–Makenna Goodman, author of The Shame

"I've never read anything like Lojman. Ebru Ojen doesn't shy away–or let her readers shy away–from the darkest human emotions, which she evokes in exquisite, excruciating detail. This intense and visceral story of an abandoned family and their descent into chaos will stay with me for a long time."–Helen Phillips, author of The Need

"The most impressive aspect of Lojman is that it keeps the family out of its traditional patterns and recreates it with an uncompromising, malevolent reality."–Gazete Duvar (an online magazine in Turkey)

"Ojen has succeeded in building a distinctive language in Lojman, just as she did in her first novel, Vaccine."–Abdullah Ezik in Sanat Kritik

"Questioning social roles and institutions, [Lojman] also draws attention with its bold and unique narrative language"–T24

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ISBN-10: 0872868982
ISBN-13: 9780872868984
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 08/15/2023
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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