Friday, October 29, 2010

Edip Cansever

Edip Cansever was an important Turkish poet. He was accepted as a founder of Second New Movement in Turkish poetry.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chingiz Aitmatov

      Chingiz Aitmatov was an author who told the stories of ordinary people who lived in the Soviet Union. Some of these people embraced the socialism idea and struggled to make it prosper. But they were crushed under the cruel and inhuman politics of Stalin which saw human as an object, as a number.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Living in Turkey

First of all Turkey is my country so I feel at home. People are very loving and hospitable. For example if we will have guests, we prepare special meals for them, and we try to do everything to comfort them. Because guests are very important in our culture.

Hay Bin Yakzan

I want to talk about a novel I read today. This novel is the first philosophical novel that has been ever known. It's name is Hay Bin Yakzan. It was written by Ibn Tufeyl who was a very famous Arabic scholar of his time in 12. Century. The theme of the novel is knowing effort of a man (who was grown up by a gazelle in a desolate island) himself and other creatures by observing environment,recognizing the difference of himself than other creatures, discovering the reason of this difference (because he has a different self) and at the end understanding the existence of a creator who created him and other creatures.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Trailer - Bal 2010 - Honey (Germany) (festival title)

Ziya Azazi - A Great Dance Show

Hayko Cepkin - Demedim Mi? (with English and German Subtitles)

Manga - Beni Benimle Bırak (with English subtitles)

Turkish Novels I Recommend

Turkish Novels I Recommend  

1) Oğuz Atay / Tutunamayanlar

Tutunamayanlar (in Eng. The Good for Nothing) is the first novel of Oguz Atay, one of the most prominent Turkish authors. It was written in 1970-71 and published in 1972. Although it was never reprinted in his lifetime and was controversial among critics, it has become a best seller since a new edition came out in 1984. It has been described as “probably the most eminent novel of twentieth-century Turkish literature”[1]. This reference is due to a UNESCO survey, which goes on: “it poses an earnest challenge to even the most skilled translator with its kaleidoscope of colloquialisms and sheer size.” No translation has yet appeared in any language. It teases the well-established norms of the Turkish bourgeois world by a style which only "the disconnected" could empathize with. (From wikipedia)