Kemal had it all – a beautiful girlfriend, a fast car and a lucrative contract at a top-flight Turkish football club. Influenced by the glamorous lifestyle of his teammates, Kemal finds it increasingly difficult to think straight. He breaks up with his girlfriend and suffers a serious injury wrecking his car in an illegal race.
Having seen the error of his ways, Kemal returns to Hawaii, an infamous area in the German city of Heidelberg where tensions between migrant kids and members of a fascist organisation are intensifying. Obviously there is a fine irony to the title of Cihan Acar’s compelling debut novel. “Hawaii” is the story of a young bloke trying to sort out his personal problems while there’s a riot in the streets.
By Cihan Acar
Published by Hanser Berlin (www.hanser-literaturverlage.de)