A novel of love and journey: Şima – Echo Special

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A novel of love and journey: Şima
Mehmet Gokyala

It is not easy to approach the text with full intent when creating a critique or introduction about the work of an author you know personally. If Hasan Özkılıç is in question, it also applies to me. But সম্প্রতিzkılıç’s recently published novel FaceWhatever your point of view, purpose or subject matter, it stands before us as a book that excites the reader.
Hassan Ozkilik maintained his passion for writing, which began when he was a student at Turgutlu High School, for a long time. Although he has since published his stories in many media, his first book was to meet readers in 1998. Boron the birdsHe is a writer who has remained silent until his writing is published. Boron the birdsRespectively later Waiting for Serule (2002, Can Ya.), There on the street (2005, Can Ya.), My heart is broken (2008, Can Ya.) And Three minutes at Lataros Mill (2011, Can Yay.) Story books coming. Author’s first novel Ascetic(2013, Can Yay.), Which is again a collection of stories. In the end everyone is alone (2014, Kırmızı Kedi Yay.) Appeared before the reader. Face (2022, Everest Ya.) Is Ozkilik’s second novel, published eight years after his last book.
Boron the birdsIf we partially omit some of Ozkিলlিকেরk’s stories, I think if we say that আzkılıç’s narrative style comes close to poetry and prefers specific situations rather than events, then his writings are closer to situation descriptions. FaceWe have to look at this axis as a novel. The main narrative of the novel is the journey of a narrator named Behram, who follows his estranged wife Sima; Iranian culture works on different levels of love parallel to each other, with the individual stuck between the different facets of love and the negative aspects of the tradition.
Written almost entirely in Iran, the novel has become, in a sense, a documentary about the Persian culture, traditions and various aspects of Iranian life. These parts of the book remind me again that we see Iran, our neighbor and today’s representative of a very rich cultural heritage of thousands of years, with only very limited knowledge and we know this country very little. It can be read even to learn about the love of poetry of the people of Iran, the graveyard of poets and at least some aspects of this geography. Face.
In his essay, Hasan Ozkilik describes the mysterious Orient with an earlier style. But not in the Orientalist way when doing it; It displays a perspective that looks from east to east with its own perspective. This method also shows itself in the style of the writer. Rather a fast, quick and fluent narrative FaceIt is a slow and steady style that comes to the fore and demands patience from the reader Thus, a text appears where time flows much slower and has to be read slowly. At one point in the novel, the author says, “I wasn’t looking at the clock. I had a watch on my wrist, but I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t have much contact with the clock after crossing the border. I thought of myself as beautiful; Time stands still. Those who lived in this country did not pay attention to their time. (p. 188-9) Similarly confirms the situation we have described. While time cannot be ignored for the modernized urban person, it is still quite normal for us to encounter this scenario as we move east of Anatolia, especially in rural areas.
Not just style FaceLeaning towards the culture and traditions of the East. Throughout the novel, traditional narratives of the East, sometimes mysterious but always full of wisdom, or sometimes wise sentences awaken these stories, serving what Özkılıç wants to do, namely, to integrate the geography described by the reader with his life. Also, the novel gains a new dimension by intersecting the structure of the novel with the text of the original text and frame as well as intersecting folklore and fairy tales. Since all of this has been successfully incorporated into the work, it does not create in the mind of the reader the idea that there is a fragmented but ultimately complete structure. This technique, which is very difficult to apply, was realized by Hasan zkılıç without making it strange to the reader.
All this, FaceThere should be no reason to look at Iran and other geographical regions as a novel about the dominant structure of tradition or the times of the past. As I mentioned at the outset, this novel by zkılıç gives readers the opportunity to learn a little about South Azerbaijan or the north of Iran, and especially Tabriz. In addition, this aspect of the novel has been strengthened by the inclusion of visual elements in addition to the text supported by QR code technology. As has been known, in recent years, QR codes have spread rapidly in many areas of our lives, from the Internet to printed newspapers and banking transactions. FaceA leading example of the use of this technology in Turkish literature. It is possible to see video footage of many places described in the novel with QR code guidelines. These pictures were taken by the author himself while traveling in preparation of the novel. Some of the songs mentioned in the book may reach the same place as described. The author’s own study and writing desk are similarly shared in parallel with the text. When we combine these, we witness the process of writing the novel and the author’s efforts in this process. We can say that the application in question provides an opportunity to create a whole new intertextuality for literary work that we could not even imagine ten years ago.
In 2011, I wrote a review of Hasan Özkılıç’s story Karpuzkaldıran, which took place in Turgutlu. Hülya Soyşekerci, Özkılıç wrote My heart is broken He finished by talking about his book. Much of the same phrase Face The same is true for the rest of the world: “… it is the work of a story that draws attention with its strong construction, different perspectives and fluent language that enables us to refocus our understanding of love, culture, language and tradition. The people of this country have developed internally. After reading this, you will listen to the long airs more attentively, try to find the story hidden in them. ” Let’s add that this book will make the reader curious about Iranian poetry, for example, Hafiz’s Diwan or the poetry of poets which you have not heard before.
FaceA novel that makes today’s modern and urban man, who is running around, spending most of the day trying to catch something, where time is not enough, questioning his own life, which should be read with pleasure. And you will not regret reading it.
Note: Hassan Ozkilik will meet with his readers at the Old Town Hall on Saturday, May 28, at 15:00, at the invitation of the Turgutlu Municipality. On this occasion, let’s announce it already.


Mehmet Gokayla, “A Storyteller in Karpuzkaldarane”, Kasaba Sanat, Issue: 2, Winter 2011, p. 28-29.

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