Bonbon Palace was once a stately apartment block in Istanbul. Now it is a sadly dilapidated home to ten wildly different individuals and their families. There’s a womanizing, hard-drinking academic with a penchant for philosophy; a ‘clean freak’ and her lice-ridden daughter; a lapsed Jew in search of true love; and a charmingly naïve mistress whose shadowy past lurks in the building. When the trash at Bonbon Palace is stolen, a mysterious sequence of events unfolds that result in a soul-searching quest for truth. By turns comic and tragic, this is an outstandingly original novel driven by an overriding sense of social justice.
Set within a once-stately apartment block in the heart of Istanbul, this novel telles the story of Bonbon Palace, built by a Russian emigre for his wife at the end of the Tsarist regime. The building is now sadly dilapidated, flea-infested and home to ten very different individuals and families.