In Which Grandma Remziye Remembers Nur and the Thing That Cannot be Undone

Grandma Remziye's living room is like her front porch. Every flat surface, from cabinet shelves to window ledges, is lined with family photos amidst porcelain figurines; plaster statuettes of Greek mythological figures; and cheap, holiday memorabilia. The upholstery is floral brocade; curtains are heavy; lampshades are tasselled; carpets are rococo style machine woven in China. …

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In Which the Mongrel is Given an Ultimatum and Eyjafjallajokull Erupts

In the Obsidian hall, at Al-Aqazaam’s court, the Mongrel sits samurai style on his haunches. Fists resting on thighs, back straight but head bowed, his gaze is fixed to the foot of the Billur Throne. Made of a crystalline element more opaque than glass, it looks invisible. And the great Shah, who is reclining there, …

In Which Tengu and Bellybuttons Ought Not to be Taken Lightly

“They cause fucking trouble for people.” this was Xeph’s Japanese housemate waxing lyrical about the inspiration behind his new mixed-media series of artworks, now on show at Galeri NON. The Japanese house-mate was an artist, but talked like a fisherman, walked like a fisherman, smoked like a fisherman, eyes squinting with a crooked rollie pinched …

Man is My Enigma, and I am His

On the third night he says to her: Man in his foolishness has invented a battle of good and evil, in which he’s pit Satan against God. But Satan, the wise, knows and fears his maker. His war is not with heaven, but with the sons of Adam in this world. Leaning in through the …

In Which Murat Encounters the Nicosian Beldam and Simultaneously Goes Sober

Ezra and Leyla’s dad, Murat, suffered in good-spirited silence. And his response to all things in life was to pour himself a drink. After his wife died, Murat became a listener to of woes, but never knew how to air his own. Cracked ribs, broken hearts, insolvency and insult –he drank to it all. But …

In Which Ezra’s Stars Begin to Curiously Un-Cross Themselves and the Mongrel Does a No-Show

The next morning, Ezra with eye-bags meanders into the open plan office of the publishing company she works for in Levent, to find that her stars have un-crossed themselves. Her manager corners her in the kitchenette just as she’s carefully fishing out her teabag, and smack-bam offers her a promotion. The teabag misses the pedal …

In Which There is Freak Weather in Istanbul, and Ezra falls for Ezeqiel’s Mongrel Bastard

On the night that she fell in love with Ezeqiel’s mongrel bastard, Ezra accidentally downed a bottle of ascorbic acid tablets while trying to overdose on Paracetemol. Then she prayed Isha and sat down to write her suicide note, old-school style, with paper and a stub of pencil. The first draft went: I might say, …