The Assassin from Apricot City
Author: Witold Szabłowski
Translator: Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Original language: Polish
Published by: Stork Press, 2013
Turkey – a country torn between East and West, Islam and Islamophobia; permeated with both conservatism and post-modernity. As he travels across this fascinating and beautiful country, Szabłowski heads for the most remote villages and towns to meet young women who have run away from honour killings, wives forced by their husbands into prostitution, a family of immigrants from Africa who dream of a better life, and Kurdish journalists and freedom fighters.
A polyphonic portrait of contemporary Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot Citymasterfully evokes the present-day dreams and hopes of ordinary people, weaving a story from their potent and mesmerising tales.
‘Witold Szablowski strikes an excellent balance between hard-hitting journalism, astute political analysis, and humorous observations. His reportage provides a fascinating insight into contemporary Turkey, its strengths and many contradictions…essential reading, seamlessly translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.’ Lucy Popescu, The Huffington Post