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Anayurt Oteli (Motherland Hotel)


by Yusuf Atilgan

Summary of the book:  Zebercet, the novelís protagonist, is the clerk in Anayurt Oteli, which is situated near the railway station of an Anatolian town.  His is thirty-year old with an elementary school education.  An introvert longing for love and affection, he occupies himself with the dayís humdrum chores in his insular world; his is a nearly mechanical existence.  His obsession with his bodyís rather frequent sexual impulses is instinctive and automatic.  A young womanís short visit tantalizes him with fantasies.  During one of their quickies, in a moment of alienation, for no particular reason, he strangles the hotelís maid to death.  Days later Zebercet hangs himself.

Reasons for this choiceAnayurt Oteli has always been on the agenda of literary-critical assessment in Turkey since its publication.  Their movie versions by a prominent Turkish director and the laudatory reception of the film have heightened the discussions regarding the novelís political, cultural and psychological implications for Turkey and Turkish literature.  Anayurt Oteli emphasizes the alienating aspects of life in modern society through a convincing portrayal of an anti-hero driven by archaic impulses.  The novel was influential in breaking the traditional literary meld with its original themes and technique.  It is now considered a modern classic.

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Editor(s) Yaki Kredi Yayinlari, Istanbul
Publication Date 1973
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