‘I can’t do it otherwise, boy,’ Turis answered. ‘I feel crushed, it’s as if all my organs are dead. It seems like a fire has charred everything in my body.’
He thrust his hands into his pants pockets. For someone who wanted to end his life he seemed very relaxed – almost placid.
‘I want to go to bed,’ I said between sobs. ‘This doesn’t make sense.’ My brother pulled me against his body, I pressed my head into the denim of his coat.
‘We’ll go in a minute,’ he whispered. ‘Calm down.’
‘Damn, I’m here to finish your work, godless child, it will only take a few minutes, then I will be hanging in the branches.’ Turis pointed to the deciduous tree. ‘Do you have no shame at all? Is there no limit to your cruelty? Should I be humiliated down to my bones? At least let me go to the other world quietly.’
In a working class area of Deventer a family argument rages daily, one which is fueled by father Turis, a maladjusted drunk and visitor of prostitutes, a person with no conscience. For years, he goes on with his escapades and uses intimidation, holding the entire family hostage.
But then, the youngest son seizes onto a secret to drive his father from their lives forever. It’s a secret his mother has carried with her for a decade. During his search for the truth he soon finds opposition early from an unexpected source. The son must then renew his relationship with his father, his mother and, above all, himself.
Turis is an onerous, impertinent and, at times, very witty novel, which draws the reader into an unknown world wherein absurdity and feeling effortlessly mingle.
Özcan Akyol (1984) previously wrote the semi-autobiographical bestseller Eus. He is considered to be one of the most important literary authors of his generation.
‘With his new book Özcan Akyol more than fulfils his promise. Turis is a startling novel about a father, a son and a mother. Moving, intense and peerless.’ Ronald Giphart
‘An exceptional literary talent.’ Paul Witteman
‘Funny and raw.’ Elsevier ****