The Mist (2006)

Anti-psychiatric anti-novel. Challenging every convention about the form of a novel, whilst questioning psychiatry with its theme.

The Mist has a peculiar schizophrenic form while explaining schizophrenia as its theme. The theme of schizophrenia at a psychiatric hospital is echoed by a fragmented piece of land called Palestine by some, and the schizophrenia of the war, the world, the reality.

The novel is narrated through chapters called “Fiction” and “Reality” subsequently, and “Intermediate Area” chapters appear at times. After a critical point, “Fiction” chapters replace “Reality” chapters and vice versa. This is also when we begin to regard the psychotic patients as the sane ones and the psychiatrists insane, and our perception of the psychiatric hospital is turned upside down. Truth is somewhere in between, in an intermediate area; in the mist.

Fragmented form of the novel disguises a fragmented sense of reality. The reader finds herself in the shoes of a schizophrenic, having lost her center. What the reader experiences in his relationship with fiction and reality whilst reading The Mist is very similar to what a schizophrenic experiences in his relationship with life and reality.

This novel is speaking schizophrenic rather than any language. Each time you read a text by Kaya, it is an experience, rather than an ordinary feeling of reading a text.(This composit review miscellaneously contains traces of what has been said and written on the novel by various voices.)