Enter Anonymous, a middle-ranking artist rolling between minor shows in New York, London and Istanbul. With his career sliding into obscurity, shamefully forced to consider advertising work to make ends meet, he knows he must break new ground if he is to survive.
With his mother’s encouragement, he decides upon his next work of art: an act of self-violation so outrageous, so horrific, the art world will be forced to take notice. But will it be enough to raise him to the ranks of the elite?
Conception is the journey of a sociopath who will do whatever it takes to get ahead; a dark comedy exploring who and what determines the value of art.
‘A searingly witty and perceptive novel, offering a cutting vision of the contemporary art world. Uyanık’s writing is playful and original, his characters are dark and compelling. ‘ — Dr Kate North, author and reader in Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
‘Özgür Uyanık’s debut novel sizzles with subversive humour and macabre energy. This book engages all the senses, while alluding to deeper concerns than those it ostensibly addresses.’ — Richard Gwyn, poet and novelist.
‘…Uyanık will have you grinding your teeth, reaching for your dictionary, wincing and laughing.’ — Dr Dan Anthony, author, scriptwriter and lecturer in Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University.