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Zarife Deniz Kavukçuoğlu

Turkish LiteratureZarife

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Zarife
Zarife Turkish Literature
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When Zarife aspires to escape a life of poverty, she becomes upwardly mobile using a combination of brains and sexuality. Her opportunism quickly makes her one of the wealthiest—and therefore most respectable—entrepreneurs in Turkey. She learns that status is attainable if you are prepared to pay the price and that any past indiscretions can be forgotten as long as you are successful. There comes a point, though, when she realizes that her chosen lifestyle has a hollowness to it and that she has lost maybe as much as she has gained. Far from being the heroine who climbs her way to the top in a simple rags-to-riches tale, Zarife is much more complex and self-aware: she masters the rules of the game and makes sure that she wins. As she describes her own ascent, we are made privy to the tacit understandings, the convenient forgettings and the expedient lies upon which nouveau-riche society is built. This incisive novel reads more like journalism than fiction: it is a subtle but powerful piece of social criticism that rings true for almost any culture today.

When Zarife aspires to escape a life of poverty, she becomes upwardly mobile using a combination of brains and sexuality. Her opportunism quickly makes her one of the wealthiest—and therefore most respectable—entrepreneurs in Turkey. She learns that status is attainable if you are prepared to pay the price and that any past indiscretions can be forgotten as long as you are successful. There comes a point, though, when she realizes that her chosen lifestyle has a hollowness to it and that she has lost maybe as much as she has gained. Far from being the heroine who climbs her way to the top in a simple rags-to-riches tale, Zarife is much more complex and self-aware: she masters the rules of the game and makes sure that she wins. As she describes her own ascent, we are made privy to the tacit understandings, the convenient forgettings and the expedient lies upon which nouveau-riche society is built. This incisive novel reads more like journalism than fiction: it is a subtle but powerful piece of social criticism that rings true for almost any culture today.

Language
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English
ISBN
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9781840598551
Size
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130x195mm
Number of Pages
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464
Publication Date
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2014-02-02
Translated by
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Alvin Parmar
Cover Type
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Paperback
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