The book tells the stories of Meryem, a young girl sentenced to death because she is believed to have dishonored her family; Cemal, a soldier who returns from fighting the PKK in the Ghabar Mountains to find that he’s been given the task of killing his cousin, Meryem; and Professor Irfan, a well-known intellectual in the midst of an existential crisis. The three, brought together by fate, embark on a turbulent journey to the depths of themselves, of each other, and of the soul of the country.
Ömer Zülfü Livaneli is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the cultural, artistic, and political life of Turkey. He achieved prominence and success not only as a writer and a musician but also as a film director. His novels have been turned into theatrical movies, stage plays, and operas. He is also known for his contemporary music, in much the same way as Bob Dylan and his contemporaries in the United States were in the 1960s. His 1997 concert in Ankara, Turkey was attended by no less than 500,000 people.
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