"I guess loving him served me well. When we first met, I really was totally in love with him but then later, after getting to know him better, certain things began to catch my attention and I didn't want to dwell on them. It was silly to look for problems and I didn't want to, because I was afraid of finding one; but still, despite not wanting to look, I always felt there was something there.
At first I was really sad, but then a deep shame replaced the sadness. Thinking about why I couldn't find the strength in myself to see these things and how I ever ended up with such a man made me want to hide under a rock. Think about it. For years I lived with a man who was nothing more than a wet rag. I did it because I was afraid and because I didn't want to rock the boat, which means I'm spineless too."
Hande Altayli, "Affliction"
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In this psychological thriller, Arif, a young man who has been fired, moves into a new apartment and decides to follow his lifelong dream: becoming a composer. Estranged from all his friends and family, he gets obsessed with his songs. But inexplicable things happen in the apartment, mysterious beings and sounds come and go, while Arif feels his sense of reality is gradually deteriorating. And this is just the beginning...
The action of Blood of Dreams, an adventure novel in which science-fiction blends with history, is set in the near future, when Europe is being reconfigured after a devastating earthquake. Three Turkish spies must find the Heir of Constantine the Great. One of them, Daryal, has a chip implanted in his brain, a device designed to track down a dream originating in the genetic memory of the Heir. When Daryal starts following the Heir's dream in Cyprus, he meets a beautiful and enigmatic woman whose name is Destination...
A powerful, beautifully written book about a childhood marked by the lack of maternal love, about unhappiness, violent desire, and death. The Romantic Plague is a haunting story, full of passion, longing and love, illness and suffering, just as in real life, drawing the reader like a magnet.