Carys Davies’s “Batı” Novel Published by Can Yayınları

The contrast between human curiosity about the unknown and the need for safety…

In search of giant prehistoric animal bones in the deep swamps of Kentucky’s interior, Cy leaves his daughter Bess behind to fend for herself. But as he explores the desolate frontier on the other side of the Mississippi River, his perilous journey leads to unexpected surprises…

Cy Bellman, an American settler and widowed father, is filled with strong feelings of wonder and fascination when he hears the news: The bones of giant prehistoric animals have been found in the deep swamps of Kentucky’s interior. Intrigued, Cy sets out to find out if the rumors of giant beasts still living are true, leaving his daughter Bess to fend for herself. But surprises, coincidences, and traps await him on this perilous journey across the Mississippi River and into the desolate frontier.

“It has all the raw, direct power of fairy tales or legends… Carys Davies is a writer of immense talent.
Colm Tóibín

“In some ways, Batı reads like an extended fairy tale. Yet one cannot help wanting to run and find the dinosaurs. Its power lies in its belief, its fascination, and its simple, pure reality in the face of an incomprehensible world.
Cynan Jones

CARYS DAVIES was born in Wales. She is the author of two short story collections, Some New Ambush (2007), which won the International Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, Kuytu (2015), and a novel, Batı (2018) and The Mission House (2020). Davies has won the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize and the Northern Wiriters’ Prize for his short fiction and currently lives in Edinburgh.

TÜLİN ER worked as an editorial assistant at Varlık magazine between 2000 and 2003 and as an editor at Everest Yayınları between 2003 and 2009. She has been working as a freelance editor and translator since 2009. She has translated books by authors such as W. Somerset Maugham, Nick Hornby, Lidia Yuknavitch, Alain de Botton, Karin Tidbeck, Gertrude Barrows Bennett, Katherine Applegate, Marek Sindelka.



Book Title: Batı
Author: Carys Davies
Translation: Tülin Er
Publisher: Can Yayınları
Series: Contemporary
Genre: Novel
Pages: 144

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