Gozen Esmar is a young colleague of mine who is currently studying Turkish language and literature, an editor at Parlak.com.tr and occasionally writes on our Culture and Arts page. Son of Gozen Illuminator. He was the son of Mehmet Esmar, a good revolutionary, a hiker who knew what he knew until the last day of his life and did not compromise with his cause, was loyal, loved to live simply.
His love for literature is promising. His first book, of course, needed criticism and guidance. But with his first text and his determination, Gozen Esmar looks to the future. We interviewed him hoping to see him as a better writer in the future.
- Let’s start with your name, Gozen. From whom did you get your name, who kept it?
My name comes from Bora Gozen, a 50-year-old hero of the Enlightenment movement who was martyred by Israeli commandos in Nahr-el Barred. My dad kept it. I am very proud to take his name. Those who have heard ask first what this means and I explain the struggle of Bora Gozen and her friends. Bora Gozen et al.
- You are also my colleague. You are both studying Turkology and you are a journalist. Did you choose these areas voluntarily, or are they coincidental?
It cannot be called a coincidence. My interest in language and literature has been with me ever since. I started writing myself at the age of 8-9. This process continues, albeit interrupted. I was thinking of studying law or tarcology at university.
I started journalism or rather editing with the help of Idinlik. It has improved my outlook. Journalism, especially internet journalism is a profession where you have to catch time. Our editor-in-chief Ilkar Usel asked about the news, “What’s new here?” I always question myself.
- The book was published at a young age. How did your passion for literature begin?
I grew up in books. Most of the library in our house was history, philosophy and politics. I started reading with them. I will revise the evidence in textbooks and journals. I was reading a dictionary. First, I loved the language. When you love language, you already love literature. Among the first literary books I read, I remember Shermin of Tevfik Fikret as a gift from my father. Tevfik Fikret is a turning point for me.
In addition to Fikret, I remember Dede Korkut, Omron Sefetin’s Alon Efe, Robinson Crusoe, Sait Faik’s Company, and Jack London’s Iron Hill, Charles Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities.
I can say that I was reading what I got. This process, which began in childhood, continues in high school and university, although there were occasional breaks. But after reading Martin Eden, I decided to write regularly and publish a book in the future.
My father was an interested person
- Your father has been my friend since I was a teenager. Unfortunately he left us. He was a hiker dedicated to his country, his people, his team. What can you tell us about your parents? Has it played a role in your interest in literature?
He came from a merchant who counted a tenth of a millimeter. Maybe that’s why he handled everything so subtly. Its horizons are wide, versatile. They did not have patterns. His intellectual background was at a level that could compete with better educated people than him. He had excellent organizational skills. He compared himself to a light horseman in the sense of being able to go almost anywhere.
Since he was a selfless person, he did not share his words or opinions with anyone. In general, Oedipus syndrome is talked about, meaning betrayal and enmity between fathers and their sons. Maybe because we shared the same reason, maybe because of his tactics, it was different. We had a comradeship, master apprentice relationship. Revolution transforms an elementary school graduate – a person who would normally be common in this system – into a hero who fights for the liberation of his country and humanity. My father played no role in my interest in literature, but he always encouraged me to read and write.
He has made a great contribution to the formation of my worldview. By writing this book I have done a job that he has left unfinished.
There is no sound under the dome of the sky
- Your book, What You Call A Glance Tales, contains both essays and stories. Which one do you find yourself?
I started literature with poetry. In fact, this book will be the name of my poetry file. Then I realized that I could not move forward in poetry, or rather there is no unspoken word under the sky.
The magic and vigor of the poem merged in an instant. I decided to write short stories and essays. I find it closer to the story than the essay. It is possible to create another reality there, and it is actually a huge force.
- While reading your book I thought you had a special interest in Turkish and words. Do you have a special interest in language? If so, what do you plan to do about it?
As I mentioned, I started the language out of curiosity. I continued reading this dictionary and trying to understand the wonderful mathematics of the Turkish language. An Iranian proverb says, “Those who know Turkish will do well.”
In fact, we have a very wide and deep language. However, instead of studying language, I would like to study comparative literature and study on time and space in novels. There are huge gaps in these areas.
- You ask the reader; “Where did the human hero come from in the last two centuries? Has he become Raskolnikov or Oblomov?” Do you think it turned out?
We cannot say that he was oblomov, although he bears his mark. Today’s humanity lives with guilt. Because it is torn between comfort and abandonment. Not for frustration like Oblomov, but moving but unable to find a solution. In fact, it is an indication of the clash of civilizations. When I talk to one person after another, I hear the word “what can I do”. The reason for this fear and stagnation is the imperialist world order, which has rotted away and is now denying the truth. It is clear that this arrangement will not be destroyed by personal protests and reactions.
‘Age of Falsehood’
- In one of your articles, “Have we lost sight of reality with evolving technology?” You ask in which area do you think we have lost this feeling?
People today have multiple personalities. In real life, social media platforms, messaging apps. He has multiple faces and masks. Personality is growing. However, evolving technology changes our understanding of time and space.
People are buying virtual space. He can go to another state with virtual reality glasses. He thinks that what he cannot do in real life, he can do in abstract environment. Confuses reality and reality. They call this age post true, which means out of truth. According to this concept, perception and interpretation are more important than reality.
I call it the age of lies. Because perception of man takes the first step to remove the truth.
- “People are at the center of the world. You say there is selfishness …” at the center of the world. Has humanity become too selfish?
In fact, I try to ask this very question. I want selfishness not to be at the center of the new world. Purifying humanity from selfishness is actually the greatest grace that humanity can do for itself. But today selfishness is at the center of our lives. The idea that humans are at the center of the world stems from the civilization we have created and the power of our design. There is a sense of survival for others in humanity, there is also a sense of selfishness. Today’s world order puts selfishness at the center of the world along with people. Selfishness has grown so much that there is no place for people. There are people who want the extinction of the human species.
‘I tried to make you awesome’
- You say, “The biggest and most enduring industry of nomads is survival.” That’s a good thing. Do you think they are different?
When I read old Turkish, it became clearer in my head. Nomads are undervalued because they are lagging behind in the progress of civilization compared to today. But they have extraordinary creativity and pure beauty. The work of iron, the work of silver, their lamentations, their epics that survive to this day are all products of their lives. Fighting nature and adapting to changing conditions requires common sense and coordination as well as intelligence.
Thanks to this intelligence, the art of living is born. From their lives we learn something new every day. The nomads have left this world with their great secrets.
- In one of your articles, we read the lines “Despair is a friend, hope is a lover of revolution”. How to be a friend of the intimidating revolution?
In this article, I actually compare the winner of the Red Rocks and the ideal revolutionary, Cheng Kang, with the defeated revolutionary chain in The Human Condition of Malroux. The part of anger belongs to Sen. Because later, why start an adventure without any calculation. However, there is also an aspect of friendship that looks like a sweet sleep and is toxic.
- His essays have a style that makes the reader think and research more. The short stories at the end of the book are very successful. Are you planning on moving forward with the story?
The articles contain detailed information and explanations of that information. However, it can be seen that there is also a narrative in the name of the type of article. I wanted readers to look at other sources and ideas in a fluid way and try to surprise them. I wanted to show that the world can have different perspectives and different approaches to ideas.
Here, too, I took the risk of breaking a format and not providing enough information.
But I think I’m more successful in the story. Similarly, it switched me to the story of the article.