Tough Poets Press

Confessions of a Nowaday Child
Erje Ayden
September 15, 2018 / 118 pages
ISBN 9780692177600 Paperback / $12.00

First reissue of the 1966 semi-autobiographical second novel by Erje Ayden (1936–2013), the "Turkish beatnik of Greenwich Village," best known for his 1965 cult bestseller The Crazy Green of Second Avenue.

"The artlessness of the writing makes the experience of reading Ayden as refreshing and startling as drinking from a natural brook in the center of Manhattan."
— Seymour Krim

"Erje Ayden's novels provide a little-known but fascinating view of American bohemian and bourgeois society from the point of view of a sympathetically bemused Turkish observer. The wonder is that Ayden's not more famous, as he can be as addictive as Simenon or Proust."
— John Ashbery

"Ayden is one of the sexiest writers we have; because of his struggles with acquired language he has a vigor uncommon among our novelists; without the mannerist inclinations of Salinger, Pynchon, Barth, or Updike, he is able to convey the real trouble underneath the bizarre and the banal."
— Frank O'Hara

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