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Lojman
Lojman | Ebru Ojen
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Abandoned by her husband, marooned by an epic snowstorm, a mother gives birth to her third child. Her sense of entrapment turns into a desperate rage in this unblinking portrait of a woman whose powerlessness becomes lethal. Lojman tells, on its surface, the domestic tale of a Kurdish family living in a small village on a desolate plateau at the foot of the snow-capped mountains of Turkey's Van province. Virtually every aspect of the family's life is dictated by the government, from their exile to the country's remote, easternmost region to their sequestration in the grim "teacher's lodging"--or lojman--to which they're assigned. When Selma's husband walks out one day, he leaves in his wake a storm of resentment between his young children and a mother reluctant to parent them. Written in startling, raw prose, this novel -- the author's first to be translated into English -- is reminiscent of Elena Ferrante's masterful Days of Abandonment, though its private dramas are made all the more vivid against an imposing natural landscape that exerts a powerful, life-threatening force. In short, propulsive chapters, Lojman spins a domestic drama crystallized through the family's mental and physical claustrophobia. Vivid daydreams morph with cold realities, and as the family's descent reaches its nadir, their world is transformed into a surreal, gelatinous prison from which there is no escape.
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Tamra
Lojman | Ebru Ojen
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What?! 😳🫨😬😵‍💫 I am not going to pretend to understand this descent into madness & rage & starvation, in all of the senses of these words.

“The way everything belongs to nature, malicious and beautiful.”

Tamra Fever dream is an apt description. Soft pick. (edited) 3w
Cathythoughts Soft pick , hmmmm 🤔. Sounds a bit disturbing. I‘m thinking about it … meanwhile , I‘m loving your Easter eggs in the background 🐣 3w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I wouldn‘t delay reading other books you are eager to get to for this one. 😏 It is disturbing. That is our one & only Easter decoration. 😄 (edited) 3w
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Tamra
Lojman | Ebru Ojen
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Wishing I could be done working to start this one! I‘m intrigued by the blurb. 🫣

Jeg Interesting cover. Your cat seems fascinated too. 3w
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