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Publication Date: Jun 21, 2022

320 pp


List Price US: $16.99

ISBN: 978-1-63542-222-1

Trim Size: 5.22 x 7.94 x 0.84 in.


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ISBN: 978-1-63542-223-8

The Last Island

A Novel

by Zülfü Livaneli Translated by Ayse A. Sahin

“This haunting fable of a President’s war against seagulls feels all the more relevant to our times in its absurdity and heartbreak. Livaneli has written a lucid account of a community’s shattering alongside natural devastation. A wise and piercing book.” —Ayşegül Savaş, author of White on White and Walking on the Ceiling

“In this beautifully written book, Livaneli poetically recounts the story of how societies get corrupted by self-serving autocratic leaders. Livaneli’s riveting The Last Island provides a much-needed and uplifting read for all in need of resilience and hope.” —Soner Cagaptay, author of A Sultan in Autumn: Erdogan Faces Turkey’s Uncontainable Forces

“Urgent and allegorical, Livaneli is masterful in his depiction of how authoritarian power destroys a community’s people and environment. The Last Island is a stunning novel that will stay with me for a long time.” —Mina Seçkin, author of The Four Humors

“This book is a recipe of what authoritarianism is made of. Some readers might start the reading thinking this is only directed to current politics in Turkey. However, it quickly emerges that it is about decades of power struggles, with a message that within this vicious circle there are no happy endings.” —Louis Fishman, author of Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era 1908–1914: Claiming the Homeland

“Human nature and authority come face to face in Livaneli’s unparalleled, creative novel. The author invites us to rethink the world we live in.” —Lenore Martin, Emmanuel College and Harvard University

“With this novel Livaneli has entered through the grand gates of literature.” —Yashar Kemal, author of Memed, My Hawk

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“Entirely captivating.” —New York Times Book Review

“[An] arresting novel.” —The New Yorker

“A tale of identities colliding from a writer who’s held five passports…[Disquiet] unfolds in a border town caught between its ancient past and tumultuous present.” —NPR, All Things Considered

“A somber, pensive novel, by one of Turkey’s greatest modern writers…Livaneli’s slender narrative contains multitudes…[An] intensely emotional, memorable story.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A keenly wrought story…[whose] urgency comes through in its tight grasp on the problems of religious violence, misogyny, and the failures of compassion. The result is a memorable illumination of the Ezidi people’s rich history.” —Publishers Weekly

“A penetrating novel…indelible fiction based on real-life horror…[Disquiet] will demand attention, provoke outrage, perhaps even inspire lifesaving change.” —Shelf Awareness

“A moving novel set entirely in the modern-day Middle East.” —PopSugar, Best New Books of the Month

“Impactful…[a] fascinating novel about a man caught between cultures.” —Foreword Reviews

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