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The Mosquito Bite Author

The Mosquito Bite Author

Turkish novelist Barı Bıçakçı contemplates the origin of the universe, the direction of political literature in Turkey, and daily life in the suburbs of Ankara via his fictional creation--Cemil, an aspiring writer waiting anxiously for news of his literary future.

Series: CMES Emerging Voices from the Middle East

CMES, UT Austin
Sales restrictions: For sale only in the United States and its territories and dependencies (including the Philippines)
October 2020
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150 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 |

Originally published in 2011, The Mosquito Bite Author is the seventh novel by the acclaimed Turkish author Barış Bıçakçı. It follows the daily life of an aspiring novelist, Cemil, in the months after he submits his manuscript to a publisher in Istanbul. Living in an unremarkable apartment complex in the outskirts of Ankara, Cemil spends his days going on walks, cooking for his wife, repairing leaks in his neighbor’s bathroom, and having elaborate imaginary conversations in his head with his potential editor about the meaning of life and art. Uncertain of whether his manuscript will be accepted, Cemil wavers between thoughtful meditations on the origin of the universe and the trajectory of political literature in Turkey, panic over his own worth as a writer, and incredulity toward the objects that make up his quiet world in the Ankara suburbs.


Barı Bıçakçı
Ankara, Turkey

Born in Adana in 1966, Barı Bıçakçı lives in Ankara and has published eight novels, including The Shortest Distance between Us (2003) and Our Great Desperation (2004).

Matthew Chovanec received his PhD in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin. His English translation of the story collection Infidel Quarter by Mıgırdiç Margosyan was published in 2017.