Four meetings, Sundays, 1PM EST via Zoom,
November 20th, December 4th, 11th, and 18th
Sait Faik is among the greatest writers of Turkish literature and a master of the short story form. Yet, he has not received the attention he deserves in translation. His elusive stories center around moments in the lives of fishermen, of drunks, of factory workers, lonely and peculiar people. This wide selection of Faik's stories translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Daw, offers an opportunity to see the writer's evolution, the intensification of his themes, becoming increasingly mysterious and impressionistic. They are also extraordinary portraits of Istanbul's backstreets, its islands, the life of its Greeks, Armenians, and Jews. Faik is a patron saint of the marginalized and melancholy, and endows his characters with a unique sexuality and humanity.
Please note that the seminar will skip the week of Thanksgiving.
Ayşegül Savaş is the author of the novels Walking on the Ceiling and White on White. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and Granta, among other publications. Originally from Istanbul, she lives in Paris.
(Ticket price includes the copy of the book and priority shipping)