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THE GUEST (working title)

Nermin Yildirim

  • Original Title: MISAFIR
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: Hep Kitap
  • Country: TR
  • 332 print pages
  • Sci-Fi/Dystopia

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Location setting: Turkey
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Identity crisis, Looking back on one's life, Death, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Exclusion, Violence, Power, Totalitarian regime, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Solidarity, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, Life change, Disease, Manipulation, Commitment

Pitch

Esin finds herself in a mental institution called The Home. She has no idea what led her to being there, or what is wrong with her. As she tries to understand she becomes close both to a fellow patient, or ‘Guest’ as they referred to, and to one of the nurses, Rikkat. Rikkat is dealing with her own problem: the ghost of her mother has started visiting.

Comments

Chosen as one of the twelve books promoted to film producers at Berlinale Film Festival 2019.

Nermin Yildirim is a Turkish writer. She writes for publications and copywrites for advertising agencies. She divides her time between Istanbul and Barcelona.

Summary

THE GUEST takes us to a weird but very informal psychiatric ward where nurses are called “sisters”, patients are “guests” and the head doctor is “father”.

Narrated by two characters – the mental patient Esin, (who can’t remember how she ended up in a mental hospital) and nurse Rikkat – the book gives the reader an idea of how it feels to be inside and outside.

Readers witness the tragic cases of patients mishandled in the name of “treatment”. They also see what happened in Esin and Rikkat’s past through flashbacks, discovering just how far the government can go by putting dissidents into mental hospitals and doing illegal tests on them. But this intimate and traumatic sense of being trapped inside is tempered by Esin and Yakup’s pure love. The book brings powerful emotions and facts together to touch on themes of rulership, power, regret, darkness, desperation, rebellion, friendship, hope and pure love.

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  • Author’s biography

    Born in 1980, Turkish author. She graduated from Eskisehir Anatolian University Faculty of Communication Sciences Press Department. After her graduation she worked as a journalist, editor and columnist for various newspapers and magazines, and as a copywriter for advertisement agencies.
    She has taken part in international literature projects like Manchester Letters, Tramline Project and carried out joint works with writers from different countries.