Not Constantinople (Dzanc Books)
Fred and Virginia, two expats living in Istanbul and working at the university, come home one night to find their apartment occupied by a family of Greeks. Barred by a quirk of Turkish law from evicting them, Fred comes to a strange kind of understanding with their new squatters; he’s in Istanbul because the pay is good, and with the property in limbo he can ignore the rent, not to mention the paper-writing racket he starts with the Greek patriarch, selling term papers to his own university students. Between get-rich schemes and run-ins with Kurdish separatists, Fred watches the transformation of his neighborhood from a place with a kind of sad romance to a generic megalopolis, gobbled up by greedy developers and the city’s rapacious elite. Lauded by T.C. Boyle as “tight and imaginative,” Not Constantinope is the story of a city in transition and the uncertainty of life in a foreign country.
Praise for Not Constantinople
“Utterly charming. Nick Bredie’s debut novel is by turns whimsical and deeply affecting, managing to illuminate both the displaced couple at the heart of it and the city that maddens and liberates them.”—TC Boyle, author of The Terranauts
“In spare, understated prose, our author captures the privileged aimlessness and corrupted romanticism of the contemporary white American expatriate. Bredie is a sly and unsparing writer for the post-Hemingway set, revealing a world of travel that is stripped of illusions and glamour.”—Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer
“Incredibly smart and funny in that way that pleasingly sneaks up on a person, in line after line after line. Bredie’s novel is an enormously confident and layered debut.” —Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
“The ugly American gets a slacker reboot in this sometimes funny, sometimes mercilessly sharp novel. Vividly written, Not Constantinople is all about the ways it’s lead character’s supposed self-awareness doesn’t keep him from unraveling. It tells us much about our privileged insularity, our orientalism, our posed romanticism, and our drive for destruction.”—Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses
Nicholas Bredie is the author the novel Not Constantinople, forthcoming from Dzanc Books, June 2017. With Joanna Howard, he is the translator of Frédéric Boyer’s novella Cows, published by Noemi Press. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, BOMB, The Fairy Tale Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Puerto del Sol and elsewhere. After living and working in Istanbul, Turkey, he is now in Los Angeles with his wife, Nora Lange.
Andrew Wessels is a writer, translator, editor, book designer, and teacher. His first book of poetry, A Turkish Dictionary, is published by 1913 Press. Semi Circle—a chapbook of my translations of the Turkish poet Nurduran Duman—was published in 2016 by Goodmorning Menagerie. His poems, essays, translations, and collaborations have been published in VOLT, Witness, Fence, Tammy Journal, Jacket2, Asymptote, and Colorado Review, among others.