Monday, October 17, 2005

NICOSIA, Cyprus — A Turkish author who has thrilled his readers with an imaginary invasion of Turkey by the United States, has scored again with a story of Turkey’s victory over Europe.

Selling more than 150,000 copies in record time, the book, “Third World War,” struck a responsive cord across a country increasingly wary of the European Union’s delaying tactics in handling Turkey’s candidacy.

The author, Burak Turna, 30, has become the hero of all this, particularly among the young, who are annoyed by forecasts of long and difficult EU talks without accession guarantees.

The plot is a feast for resentful Turkish readers: Rejected by the European Union after long negotiations, Turkey forms an alliance with Russia; Turkish commandos storm Berlin; the EU is obliterated as a power and is at the mercy of Russian and Turkish generals.

The conquerors then divide their spoils and proclaim a union between Muslim Turks and Orthodox Russians in a “new world order.”

In numerous television talk shows and newspaper interviews, Mr. Turna proclaims loud and clear that Turkey should give up efforts to join the EU and instead move closer to the Muslim countries of the Middle East.

“Anyway, Europe will never accept us,” he told the Istanbul Millyet daily. “Europe is a racist structure that has created world wars for the past 900 years.”

Mr. Turna’s previous futuristic novel was “Metal Storm,” published last December at a time of tension between Turkey and the United States. Although “treacherous Americans” invade Turkey, a Turkish agent plants an atomic bomb in Washington, obliterating the capital.

The book was instant success, reflecting the Turkish resentment of what they perceived to be U.S. domination.

Now Mr. Turna feels it is about time the Turks woke up to “the lies” told them by the European Union, which agreed to start accession talks on Oct. 3.

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