My Name is Blue?
May 10, 2009 § Leave a comment
The novel is not of the same standard as My Name is Red, but is nevertheless worth a read, and I think it is relevant today even outside its Turkish context. While we have been made aware, repeatedly, of the dangers of fundamentalist Islam, we are much slower in recognizing or condemning neo-fascist state terror, unleashed with subtlety in the name of patriotism, or the many crimes of apathy committed by the Westernized urban elite. Ultimately, it is the well-educated man from the city (the narrator, Ka) who betrays the trust of the crude, “uncivilized” villagers, proves morally inferior to the “terrorist” (intriguingly named Blue), and walks away unscathed. I was reminded briefly of Khushwant Singh‘s Train to Pakistan.
Is this situation unique to Turkey? Perhaps not.