book | Fiction | 2000
Turkish Title: Mahrem
Won Turkish Writers Best Novel Award
‘I didn’t say anything. I didn’t return his smiles. I looked at him in the wide mirror in front of where I was sitting. He grew uncomfortable and avoided my eyes. I hate those who think fat people are stupid.’
An obese woman and her lover, a dwarf, are sick of being stared at wherever they go, and so decide to reverse roles. The man goes out wearing make up and the woman draws a moustache on her face. But while the woman wants to hide away from the world, the man meets the stares from passers-by head on, compiling his ‘Dictionary of Gazes’ to explore the boundaries between appearance and reality.
Intertwined with the story of a bizarre freak-show organized in Istanbul in the 1880s, The Gaze considers the damage which can be inflicted by our simple desire to look at others.
The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.
Daisy Meyrick manages the translation rights for The Gaze
Translation Rights Sold
Sometimes, the pitiless gazes of others can flay like knives. Shafak enters the isolation of those unfortunate enough to be different.