The Trojan War Museum
and Other Stories
by Ayse Papatya Bucak
Pub Date 20 Aug 2019
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A debut collection of inventive, fresh, and richly human stories at once uncanny and startlingly real.
The Greek god Apollo reckons with his personal history as he tries to memorialize— and make sense of— war, in “The Trojan War Museum.” A Turkish student at an American university stops eating, and her family, teachers, and soon, the world at large, demand to know why, in “Iconography.” In “The Gathering of Desire,” a woman finds herself in a competitive game against the chess- playing automaton known as “The Turk,” while the man inside the machine mirrors her crisis of faith.
The characters in this collection of dazzling and original stories— an infamous wrestler, a group of girls caught in a school explosion, an Ottoman ambassador with an infamous art collection— blur the boundaries between worlds real and imagined, western and eastern, physical and metaphysical. Examining themes of identity, othering, and self- determination, The Trojan War Museum strives to bring light to the darkest corners of ourselves and our histories.
About the Author: Ayse Papatya Bucak's short fiction has been selected for the O. Henry and Pushcart prizes. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is an associate professor in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University.
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“Ayse Papatya Bucak shares with Jhumpa Lahiri the gift of fusing distinctive subject matter with an unusually restrained and elegant voice. This marvelous debut collection is truly rare in its range and depth, its mastery of history and myth, and its fearless story-telling.” - Andrea Barrett, author of Archangel
“What a beautiful, wildly imagined book. The Trojan War Museum gives us stories with branching paths, and they resemble fairy tales, historical accounts, news reports, and dreams. This is fiction of great originality and great delight.” - Joan Silber, author of Improvement
“One of the best and most surprising collections I've read in a long time. This is a wonder cabinet of stories, each so singular and marvelous that I spent a long time after each, wanting to linger in the space it had created.” - Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
“A truly lovely, truly surprising book. Ayse Papatya Bucak's stories are narratively precise, and they are also beautiful vignettes on human culture, deftly probing the fissures and pressure points of history and bringing up new forms like the sponge divers in one of her stories. This collection absolutely glows with life.” - Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State