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Elephants in Our Yard

Meral Kureyshi
Noumena Press

As a member of a Turkish Kosovar family now living in Switzerland, the young narrator of Elephants in Our Yard feels unwelcome in her adopted homeland and struggles to fit in and make connections with others. Aimless and adrift, she spends a year living in a state of uncertainty, fitfully attending lectures at the university, taking long train rides, and returning to places from her previous life in Prizren. Memories of her idyllic childhood in this old Ottoman city, from which she emigrated with her family at the age of ten, force their way into the present.

Translated by Robert A Cantrick


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