List of Characters
Galip—protagonist of the novel. Galip is a lawyer, married to Ruya, his cousin.
Ruya—a mysterious and beautiful woman. She is Galip's cousin and wife and Jelal's half-sister.
Jelal—newspaper columnist who is adored by his readers. He has disappeared at the beginning of the story and only returns to the story through his columns and at the end when he has been shot. He is Ruya's half-brother and Galip's cousin.
Vasif—younger brother of Jelal. He is deaf and cannot speak.
Uncle Melih—Jelal's and Ruya's father.
Aunt Suzan—Uncle Melih's second wife, mother of Ruya.
Aunt Halé—Uncle Melih's first wife and mother of Jelal
Celal—Ruya's ex-husband, a leftist revolutionary
Iskender—Turkish man who keeps trying to find Jelal because some British reporters want to interview him.
Mr. Cebban—owner of collection of mannequins and a system of underground caves depicting Turkish culture.
Belkis—old classmate of Galip's who is obsessed with becoming Ruya.
Nihat—Belkis's husband, whom Belkis tried to turn into Galip.
Mahir Ikinci—man who calls Galip at Jelal's apartment, believing he is talking to Jelal. He is a fanatic admirer of Jelal, but he might also have been the one who killed him. Also uses the name Mehmet on the phone.