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The Trojan War Museum

and Other Stories

by Ayse Papatya Bucak

The Trojan War Museum by Ayse Papatya Bucak X
The Trojan War Museum by Ayse Papatya Bucak
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2019, 192 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 25, 2020, 192 pages

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A talented new voice in short fiction, Turkish-American author Ayşe Papatya Bucak explores her roots in ten stories rich with wit and deep feeling.

In her dazzling debut, O. Henry and Pushcart Prize winner Ayşe Papatya Bucak glides through the historical, the fantastical, and the mythological in stories that pay homage to her Turkish heritage while probing the depths of the human condition. The stories are funny, salient and wistful, often all at once, establishing the author as a maverick at the height of her powers.

The collection opens with the magical realism-tinged "The History of Girls," set in the immediate aftermath of an explosion in a Turkish boarding school dormitory. A first person narrator using the collective "we" describes the experiences of the girls buried in the rubble, "diamonds waiting to be dug out," as they hope for rescue, along with those who did not survive. The dead comfort the living, and the living comfort the dead. As the girls reflect on the lives they have had, and the futures they will never ...

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