True Romance with a Sailor by Yeshim Yashar Ternar
Finalist for The Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 1996
These are quirky and addictive stories. The characters in True Romance with a Sailor encounter their spiritual selves through cross-cultural displacement, whether by travel to another country or continent or because of an encounter with a foreigner whose cultural and psychic make-up is totally alien. For Yeshim Ternar, all such encounters are about contacting one’s shadow self. Whenever the everyday self encounters its shadow self, the heart beats a crazy rhythm of love and fear, longing and abandonment. Ternar wrote these stories hoping to create fiction that is to mainstream literature what world beat music is to soft rock.
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