Details

ISBN-10: 1945492694
ISBN-13: 9781945492693
Publisher: Transit Books
Publish Date: 05/02/2023
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.25" W, 0.40" H

Cold Nights of Childhood

Translator: Maureen Freely
Introduction by: Aysegül Savas

Paperback

Price: $16.95

Overview

FINALIST FOR THE 2023 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE TRANSLATION PRIZE

“A profoundly moving account of desperation, exhilaration, and endurance.”–Kirkus Reviews

The Bell JarGood Morning, Midnight, by one of Turkey’s most beloved writers.

The narrator of Tezer Özlü’s novel is between lovers. She is in and out of psychiatric wards, where she is forced to undergo electroshock treatments. She is between Berlin and Paris. She returns to Istanbul, in search of freedom, happiness, and new love.

Set across the rambling orchards of a childhood in the Turkish provinces and the smoke-filled cafes of European capitals, Cold Nights of Childhood offers a sensual, unflinching portrayal of a woman’s sexual encounters and psychological struggle, staging a clash between unbridled feminine desire and repressive, patriarchal society.Originally published in 1980, six years before her death at 43, Cold Nights of Childhood cemented Tezer Özlü’s status as one of Turkey’s most beloved writers. A classic that deserves to stand alongside The Bell Jar and Jean Rhys’s Good Morning, Midnight, Cold Nights of Childhood is a powerfully vivid, disorienting, and bittersweet novel about the determined embrace of life in all its complexity and confusion, translated into English here for the first time by Maureen Freely, with an introduction by Aysegül Savas.

Read More
Reviews
"In Özlü's posthumous English-language debut, a young woman describes her 1950s childhood and her treatment for mental illness in her 20s. 'All I ever wanted was to be free to think and act beyond the tedious limits set by the petit bourgeoisie, ' says the narrator... The edition includes a magnificent introduction from Ayşegül Savaş, who puts Özlü (1943-1986) in a lineage with Italo Svevo and Franz Kafka and praises her frank approach to sexuality as 'neither sensational nor metaphorical.'"–Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A profoundly moving account of desperation, exhilaration, and endurance."–Kirkus Reviews

"It's uncanny how clearly Özlü speaks of a different time yet, simultaneously, of this moment."–The Financial Times

"Cold Nights of Childhood...is the most distilled articulation of Özlü's heart."–Kaya Genç, The Los Angeles Review of Books

More Reviews

Details

ISBN-10: 1945492694
ISBN-13: 9781945492693
Publisher: Transit Books
Publish Date: 05/02/2023
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.25" W, 0.40" H
Skip to content