Catherine McKimm


9 Ocak Perşembe 19:00

Reading Turkey in English: A Useless Man

Catherine McKimm

Book Club

Kıraathane’s Book Club continues to read A Useless Man -- a collection of short stories by Sait Faik Abasıyanık.

The book’s publisher has this note on the beloved Turkish writer and his work: “His stories celebrate the natural world and trace the plight of iconic characters in society: ancient coffeehouse proprietors and priests, dream-addled fishermen and poets of the Princes’ Isles, lovers and wandering minstrels of another time. Many stories are loosely autobiographical and deal with Sait Faik’s frustration with social convention, the relentless pace of westernization, and the slow but steady ethnic cleansing of his city. His fluid, limpid surfaces might seem to be in keeping with the restrictions that the architects of the new Republic placed on language and culture, but the truth lies in their dark, subversive undercurrents.”

Translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe; published by Archipelago Books.

Catherine McKimm: An avid reader, reluctant lawyer, committed teacher and published author. Mother of four, married to a fabulous cook, she loves eating but not cooking. Born in Sydney, Australia, and based, for now, in wonderful Istanbul, she is a dedicated world traveller and loves to experience the different cultures and people that make this planet such an inspiring place to live. 

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