The Trojan War Museum

and Other Stories

Ayse Papatya Bucak (Author, Florida Atlantic University)


A debut collection of inventive, fresh, and richly human stories at once uncanny and startlingly real.

The Greek god Apollo reckons with his personal history as he tries to memorialize— and make sense of— war, in “The Trojan War Museum.” A Turkish student at an American university stops eating, and her family, teachers, and soon, the world at large, demand to know why, in “Iconography.” In “The Gathering of Desire,” a woman finds herself in a competitive game against the chess- playing automaton known as “The Turk,” while the man inside the machine mirrors her crisis of faith.

The characters in this collection of dazzling and original stories— an infamous wrestler, a group of girls caught in a school explosion, an Ottoman ambassador with an infamous art collection— blur the boundaries between worlds real and imagined, western and eastern, physical and metaphysical. Examining themes of identity, othering, and self- determination, The Trojan War Museum strives to bring light to the darkest corners of ourselves and our histories.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Forthcoming August 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-324-00297-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 192 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.