by Doğan Hızlan,
May 12, 2006
A hundred years have passed since the birth of Sait Faik Abasıyanık, who created one of the turning points of Turkish storytelling.
It is still read, it is still cited as an example for young writers.
The Sait Faik Story Award , which is jointly organized by Darüşşafaka Society and Yapı Kredi Publishing every year , was presented to Refik Algan with his book Clock Tower-Short Texts and Stories at a ceremony held at Feriye Restaurant at 19.00 yesterday evening . Sevengül Sönmez in the May issue of the library magazine for those who want to get encyclopedic and alphabetic information on Sait Faik Abasıyanık .
I can recommend the A to Z Sait Faik-Sait Faik Guide prepared by .
Regarding Refik Algan ‘s work, Selim İleri says:
“Refik Algan is a very diverse prose writer who shows poetic rigor in his copywriting… What attracts me is the tangible emotional equivalents of these short texts in life…
A very subtle, hidden ‘humor’. ‘It is certain that convey a sense of … ”
this year Sait Faik Abasıyanık’ s ” Book of Stories published while he was alive ” as a single volume in a stylish paperback ” It’s a Stories in ” under NPMPublished by.
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I hope many people will join the call of a COMMON invitation:
” We are waiting for those who love Sait Faik to the commemoration programs on the 100th anniversary of his birth.”
Friends of the Island Association, Writers’ Union of Turkey, Darüşşafaka Society, Adalar Municipality.
I should remind you of the note “All our events are open to the public” on the invitation .
Yesterday , parts of his poems and stories were read and cartoons were exhibited at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall .
Our “Universal Storyteller” at the Adalar Water Sports Club in Burgazada on Sunday, 14 May 2006, between 11:00 and 13:00 .A panel will be held.
The 28th Kalpazankaya Commemorative Program will also be held at Kalpazankaya Country Casino .
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Unless you read SAİT FAIK ABASIYANIK , you cannot understand Istanbul, Beyoğlu, the Islands, minorities, and cosmopolitan Istanbul.