Monday, January 20, 2014

Handan Arikan Interviews Alex Dawe

Handan Arikan (English Department graduate alumna) has just published an interview with Alex Dawe, one of the two translators of The Time Regulation Institute, a novel by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, in The Turkish Review.  Her interview is entitled “On translating an interpreter of Istanbul” and can be found here.


Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk called Tanpinar (1901-62) “undoubtedly the most remarkable author in modern Turkish literature.”  First published in 1962, this is the first English translation of the novel, to be published this month in the U.S. by Penguin Classics.  Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Martin Riker called the book “a first-rate comic novel” and wrote, “Tanpinar’s elaborate bittersweet sendup of Turkish culture over a half-century ago speaks perfectly clearly to our own, offering long-distance commiseration to anyone whose life is twisted around schedules and deadlines — pretty much everyone, in other words — provided you can find the time to read it.” 


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