Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, poet, novelist and critic, was a professor of Ottoman and Turkish literature at Istanbul University His Five Cities was first published in Turkish as Be ehir in 1946 and revised in 1960 It consists of five lyrical essays, each focused on a city significant in Anatolian history and in Tanpinar s emotional life.Part history, part autobiography, part poetic meditation on time and memory, Five Cities is Proustian in style, with a tension between a backward looking melancholy and a concern for the unpredictable future of his country Comparable to Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk s Istanbul Memories of a City , Five Cities emphasizes personal attitudes and reactions but has a wider scope of geography, history and culture.Ruth Christie s translation of Be ehir makes the essays, which are as aesthetically appealing as a novel, available to readers of English for the first time. New Read eBook Tanpinar's 'Five Cities' by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar – heartforum.co.uk
Ahmet Hamdi Tanp nar 23 June 1901 24 January 1962 was one of the most important modern novelists and essayists of Turkish literature He was also a member of the Turkish parliament the Grand National Assembly of Turkey between 1942 and 1946.Tanp nar was born in Istanbul on 23 June 1901 His father was a judge, H seyin Fikri Efendi H seyin Fikri Efendi was Georgian from Ma ahel Tanp nar s mother died at Mosul, when Tanp nar was thirteen Because his father s vocation required frequent relocation, Tanp nar continued his education in several different cities, including Istanbul, Sinop, Siirt, Kirkuk, and Antalya After quitting veterinary college, he resumed his educational career at the Faculty of Literature at Istanbul University, which he completed in 1923 As a literature teacher, he taught at high schools in Erzurum 1923 1924 , Konya, Ankara, the Educational Institute of Gazi and the Fine Arts Academy At the Fine Arts Academy, besides teaching literature, Tanp nar taught in branches of aesthetics in arts, history of art and mythology 1932 1939 From 1942 to 1946, he entered the Turkish National Assembly as parliamentar of Kahramanmara In 1953, he made an extensive journey to Europe, traveling many countries within six months such as France, Belgium, Holland, England, Spain and Italy Tanp nar died of a heart attack on the 24 January 1962 in Istanbul His grave is in the A iyan Graveyard, Istanbul.He is one of the most important authors of Turkish literature, successfully combining Eastern and Western cultures within his writings Yahya Kemal Beyatl played an important role in his upbringing In his poetry, he uses Turkish classical music and dreaming as the textile of his works Both in his poetry and novels psychological analyses, history, the characteristics of his time, the binding between the society and the individual, dreams and the problems of civilization are given a great place One of his most significant works is The Time Regulation Institute Saatleri Ayarlama Enstit s The novel has been widely acclaimed as an ironic criticism of the bureaucratization process with the implication that its title suggests, though that is not what the book is all about In fact, the book can be read from quite different perspectives, and cannot be exhausted in only one reading First of all, it is a great psychological analysis of a man who suffers from being unable to adapt himself to his time, in other words to modern times So the fact of bureaucratization is indeed incorporated into a broader problem modernization and its impact on the individual Most of the characters of the novel seem to be struggling in strange ways in order to survive in modern times In this way, the concept of time occupies a central place, giving a deeper sense, even a philosophical taste to the novel.
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