A Long Day's Evening

A Long Day's Evening
Translated by Aron Aji, Fred Stark

Hurriyet Daily News

" . . . A Long Day's Evening powerfully illustrates that the tension between the personal spirit and the public imperative is a timeless one. . . . emotionally engaging and intellectually satisfying."

The American Reader

"One might be tempted to read the story of Andronikos and Ioakim as an allegory for the traumas engendered by emerging political identities. In fact, though the reader is asked to sympathize with the weak and idealistic, caught up in struggles waged from above, Karasu's own words betray (perhaps inevitably) an acquiescence to power, whose attempts at 'purity' can shape not just the political domain but also the language with which one encounters the world at large."

Timeout Istanbul

"The 'other' is usually construed as a person or society removed from 'us' by space. But Karasu has chosen to study his ‘other’ across the divide of time, pushing readers to compare the profound identity crises engulfing individuals in ancient Byzantium to those in the early Turkish Republic. In doing so, Karasu shows the futility of separating ourselves from ‘others’ – and the social upheaval that results when we do."


"Bilge Karasu, nearly a generation older than Orhan Pamuk and closer in age to Yashir Kemal, seems in retrospect to be emerging as one of the more interesting Turkish writers of the second half of the twentieth century."- Metamorphoses

Gay & Lesbian Review

"This unusual novel tells the story of two Byzantine monks during the controversy over icons. . . . gives a vivid glimpse into a little-known period gripped by religious controversy."
—Gay & Lesbian Review

"WLT's 75 Notable Translations 2012"
Dec 18, 2012

World Literature Today includes A Long Day's Evening in their notable translations list for 2012.

- WLT Editors, World Literature Today

"TWO VOICES: Aron Aji on Bilge Karasu"
Dec 17, 2012

In December 2012, Aron Aji was invited by Two Lines and the Center for the Art of Translation in San Francisco to discuss his latest work, translating from the Turkish Bilge Karasu's A Long Day's Evening. Aji called Karasu's project as an author both an attempt to develop a new Turkish literary language and an attempt to develop a readership for this language. However large a claim this was, by the end of this event Aji had borne it out.

- Scott Esposito, The Center for the Art of Translation


"City Lights has published their second Bilge Karasu novel, A Long Day's Evening, translated by Aron Aji with Fred Stark. The novel, according to translator Aji’s preface, 'is one of those rare works that alter a nation’s literature.' Karasu, a translator himself, introduced his own peculiar experimentalism to Turkish literature by, for example, not using the conjunction "ve" [and] in the original, superficially because of his stalwart rejection of any vocabulary borrowed from other languages--"ve" comes from Arabic--and, on a deeper level, Aji suggests, because 'the gesture carries an existential significance as well.' The novel recounts the personal consequence of Leo III’s outlawing of all religious paintings and icons on monk Andronikos in the 8th century before ending with a semi-autobiographical short story set in 1960s Istanbul."

"An Excerpt from Bilge Karasu's 'A Long Day's Evening'"
Sep 30, 2012

An excerpt from A Long Day's Evening is featured on the web site Jadaliyya, produced by the Arab Studies Institute.

- Aron Aji, Jadaliyya

"Introducing Bilge Karasu"
Nov 27, 2012

An excerpt from A Long Day's Evening was featured on the Little Star Journal blog.

- Ann Kjellberg. Little Star