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A metaphorical love story that grapples with memory, storytelling, and vengeance in a time of war.

Series: CMES Emerging Voices from the Middle East

Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas
Sales restrictions: For sale only in the United States and its territories and dependencies (including the Philippines)
January 2020
170 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 |

Told through the voice of a canine narrator, Wûf is a surrealist wartime love story set in Turkey in the 1990s. The novel follows Mikasa, a street dog who recounts a tale of tragic wartime love at a kennel where he finds solace in storytelling and cigarettes. A book that took the Turkish literary world by storm, Kemal Varol’s Wûf tackles universal themes of love and loss with both humor and pathos. Translated by PEN/Heim Award winner Dayla Rogers, the novel renders in English a one-of-a-kind love story with a narrator its readers won’t soon forget.


Kemal Varol
Istanbul, Turkey

KEMAL VAROL began his literary career as a poet. Wûf (originally titled Haw) received the Cevdet Kudret Literature Prize and the Bursa Contemporary Journalists’ Association 2015 Peace Prize.

DAYLA ROGERS is a translator and educator based in Istanbul. In 2016 she received a finalist ribbon for Lunch Ticket’s Gabo Translation Competition and in 2017 she received a PEN/HEIM Translation Fund Grant.