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by Cemil Kavukcu
Translated by Dr. Mert Akcanbas
About this Book
You wouldn't call him an old man, but he felt like one. Facing retirement, Asim Eray was stumped. How was he going to spend the rest of his life? Where had his youth gone? What had he achieved?
Escapethat's what'd he do. Escape his responsibilities and obligations, by taking a bike trip on the dusty roads of southern Turkey. Escapeno one would know exactly where he was. No cell phones allowed. Maybe down one of those roads, he'd run across something he'd lost along the way; some secret ingredient missing from his life; some bit of knowledge he used to know but had somehow forgotten.
Suddenly, a creature from his childhood reappears, not only in his dreams, but when he is wide awake. Gamba! A frightful character from his childhood nightmares is backluring him into actual physical danger as well as a psychological abyss.
About the Author
Cemil Kavukcu was born in Inegol, Turkey. He graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Geophysical Engineering in 1976, but the real love of his life is writing. He is now well-recognized as one of the best Turkish storytellers of his time.
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Gamba is Turkish author Cemil Kavukcu's first novel to be translated into English. It takes place in three different settings: the main character's residence in Ankara, a geological research facility out in the wilderness, and on the back roads of archaeologically-rich southern Turkey.
Kavukcu's main character, Asim Eray, is a man lost in indecision. Clueless as to how to pass the remaining years of his life, he falls into a reverie about the way he spent his youth. The remainder of the main characters in the book are men of various ages, faced with a similar dilemma. None of them feel successful professionally or in their personal lives. Each of them knows he could have done better. Now they all ask what happened, and how can they get their lives back on track?
Asim Eray is tormented by nightmares, always about a mysterious man-creature named Gamba who he first saw in childhood. But Gamba now appears to him when he is awake as well as asleep; always threatening, always tormenting him. What is the connection between Asim's mental state and the reappearance of Gamba? Why does Gamba suddenly reappear to hold him accountable for what he has achieved throughout his life?
This masculine story of inner exploration is thought-provoking to the very end. It reminds us of the vulnerability of the child still living within all of us.
Foremost Press gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey to the translation of this book.
Gamba was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered at ForemostPress.com.
208 pp, $13.97