Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse by Philip O Ceallaigh

Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse

Philip O Ceallaigh

I love good short stories and these are great. Recurring themes include ordinary life in post-Communist Romania, US influence on the world, misogynistic behaviour, Greek philosophy and writer's block. James Joyce meets Ernest Hemingway to discuss Plato, with a wry humour all the author's own.

Extract

George Ristache made tea as it began to rain. He sat with the tea and watched television. He found it terribly depressing. When he was fifty years old, when Madalina was still alive, they had a couple of hours television per day, and it was awful stuff. Now he had fifteen or sixteen stations and it was awful, but in a new and sad way. All it showed was what people wanted, and did not get, that was what George understood. Beautiful women you could not sleep with, beautiful houses you could not afford to live in. Lives full of drama, excitemen, emotion. It was all canned, and processed and unreal.

Parallels
  • A Farewell to Prague by Desmond Hogan
  • The Insatiable Spider Man by Pedro Gutierrez
  • Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway

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