NIT Lecture: Istanbul. A literary stroll

Netherlands Institute in Turkey (Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü - NIT)

Tarih : 21-04-2017 18:30

Walking, strolling, running errands and getting lost in the streets: walking and Istanbul belong together. Also in literature. Some of the characters of the most well-known novels and short stories from Turkish literature spend their time roaming through the streets of Istanbul. Galip for example, in Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s Mümtaz in A Mind at Peace, or C. in Yusuf Atılgan’s An Idle Man.

What do they see, what do they think when walking through the city? And why do their authors send them on their walks?

On 21 April Hanneke van der Heijden will give a lecture to have a closer look at these characters, their authors and their walks.

Books that will be referred to:
Orhan Pamuk, Kara Kitap (The Black Book / Het zwarte boek)
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Huzur (A mind at peace / Sereen)
Sait Faik Abasıyanık, Lüzumsuz Adam (A Useless Man / De overbodige man)
Yusuf Atılgan, Aylak Adam (‘An Idle Man’ / De lanterfanter)

Hanneke van der Heijden is the Dutch translator of the abovementioned books. Her articles on literature from Turkey can be found on her website

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