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A West End Story Hikmet Temel Akarsu

A West End Story

Hikmet Temel Akarsu

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London in the 80s… England is subdued by Thatcherism. Amongst the gloomy and weary English, a Turkish intellectual attempts to start a new life as an immigrant. Tormented by physical labour and disappointment, he seeks refuge in West End during theMoreLondon in the 80s… England is subdued by Thatcherism. Amongst the gloomy and weary English, a Turkish intellectual attempts to start a new life as an immigrant. Tormented by physical labour and disappointment, he seeks refuge in West End during the prime time of the famous Pet Shop Boys hit “West End Girls.”“There was only a single night I would stray away from my pathetic state. I would join the ‘weekend’ crowds of the English and head straight to West End. Piccadilly Circus and West End... The plateau of fantasy... Counterfeit heaven... Lustral theme park... Musical dream... The most refined illusion of a kingdom of lies... Before getting there, I would drink to death in Covent Garden and make for the Square.Those were the golden days of Disco: English girls with short, blond, curly hair and milk-white skin would hop around everywhere with giggles and that. Minis only down to their cunts would make my heart go full throttle. Even if you’ve been carrying bales as a porter for a whole week...”Short story by Turkish novelist, short-story writer, satirist and playwright Hikmet Temel [email protected] - Translation by Emre [email protected]