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The applicant : a novel

Koca, Nazli (author.).

Summary: "A singular debut from an exciting new voice, The Applicant explores with scorching wit and startling brevity what it means to be an immigrant, woman, and emerging writer. It's 2017 and Leyla, a Turkish twentysomething living in Berlin, is scrubbing toilets at an Alice in Wonderland-themed hostel after failing her thesis, losing her student visa, and suing her German university in a Kafkaesque attempt to reverse her fate. Increasingly distant from what used to be at arm's reach-writerly ambitions, tight-knit friendships, a place to call home-Leyla attempts to find solace in the techno beats of Berlin's nightlife, with little success. Right as the clock winds down on the hold on her visa, Leyla meets a conservative Swedish tourist and-against her political convictions and better judgment-begins to fall in love, or something like it. Will she accept an IKEA life with the Volvo salesman and relinquish her creative dreams, or return to Turkey to her mother and sister, codependent and enmeshed, her father's ghost still haunting their lives? While she waits for the German court's verdict on her future, in the pages of her diary, Leyla begins to parse her unresolved past and untenable present. An indelible character at once precocious and imperiled, Leyla gives voice to the working-class and immigrant struggle to find safety, self-expression, and happiness. The Applicant is an extraordinary dissection of a liminal life between borders and identities, an original and darkly funny debut"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780802160546
  • ISBN: 0802160549
  • Physical Description: print
    250 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2023.
Subject: Immigrants Fiction
Families Fiction
Berlin (Germany) Fiction
Students Fiction
Women authors Fiction
Genre: Diary fiction.
Diary fiction.
Psychological fiction.

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