Author: Özgür Uyanık
Publisher: Fairlight Books
Publication Date: 7 May 2020
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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.
Conception was a very different and interesting read. I thought the idea worked well, and the story kept me guessing at every turn as I wondered exactly how things would pan out for the narrator and his eccentric venture. The story flowed nicely and the prose was quick and easy reading, despite the subject matter. This is probably not a story for the fainthearted; it certainly won't appeal to everyone. But I found it deeply engaging, probably because I like characters who are a darker and stranger and less the matinee-hero type. It's certainly a thought-provoking work, so I recommend it to readers who like their humour on the blacker side.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.