By Talat S. Halman
From Orhon inscriptions to Orhan Pamuk, the tale of Turkish literature from the 8th century a.d. to the current day is wealthy and complicated, filled with company traditions and bold differences. Spanning a large geographic variety from Outer Mongolia and the environs of China in the course of the center East the entire method to Europe, the heritage of Turkish literature embraces a mess of traditions and affects. All have left their imprint at the specific amalgam that's uniquely Turkish.
Always receptive to the nurturing values, aesthetic tastes, and literary penchants of various civilizations, Turkish tradition succeeded in evolving a sui generis character. It clung to its personal proven features, but it used to be versatile adequate to welcome suggestions or even progressive change.
A Millennium of Turkish Literature tells the tale of ways literature developed and grew in stature at the Turkish mainland over the process 1000 years. The publication positive factors various poems and extracts, such a lot in fluid translations by way of Halman. This quantity presents a concise, yet appealing, advent to Turkish literature and, with decisions from its huge extra interpreting part, serves as a useful advisor to Turkish literature for direction adoption.
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1804). Among the chief works of Ottoman prose are the monumental travelogues by Evliya Çelebi (d. 1682),4 which are fascinating accounts of geography, social and economic arrangements, 2. V. L. Menage, Neshri’s History of the Ottomans (London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1964). 3. Lewis V. Thomas, A Study of Naima, edited by Norman Itzkowitz (New York: New York Univ. Press, 1972); and Annals of the Turkish Empire from 1591 to 1659 of the Christian Era, translated by C. Fraser (London: Oriental Translation Fund, 1832).
He made a poetic plea for peace and the brotherhood of mankind—a plea for humanism that is still supremely relevant in today’s world convulsing with conflict and war: Come, let us all be friends for once, Let us make life easy on us, Let us be lovers and loved ones, The earth shall be left to no one. This medieval humanist achieved new international stature when in November 1989 the UNESCO General Conference unanimously passed a resolution declaring 1991, the 750th anniversary of the poet’s birth, “The International Yunus Emre Year” in recognition of his enduring ideals of universalism, ecumenical spirit, humanitarian values, and human dignity raised to the level of divinity.
Even God was not spared from badinage. Kaygusuz Abdal wrote several poems that have barbs against God: You produced rebel slaves and cast them aside, You just left them there and made your exit, my God. 26 A Millennium of Turkish Literature You built a hair-thin bridge for your slaves to walk on, Let’s see if you’re brave enough to cross it, my God. Pir Sultan Abdal challenged imperial power and local authorities in abrasive terms: In Istanbul he must come down: The sovereign with his empire’s crown.
A Millennium of Turkish Literature: A Concise History by Talat S. Halman