A Useless Man

by

Sait Faik Abasiyanik

Translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe

by

Sait Faik Abasiyanik

Translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe

This fascinating collection of short stories from Turkey portray a world of the ordinary and mundane but in such a way as to stimulate the reader's imagination and leave them wanting more. Each story is like a snapshot in time and the evocative description and slightly mysterious subject matter leaves behind a sense that we have scratched the surface of a vast and private world that we can only ever experience through reading.

 

The stories are about life and death, love and loss, transition, yearning and growth, jealousy and kindness.  All are imbued with a sense of the country from which they originate and all create a sense that we know a little more about life and humanity than we did before.

 

From the iconic samovar to the story telling postman, from the fish that chooses which line to bite to the only boy in the school with a watch, these stories inspire, amuse and move in equal measure. A view of Turkey that you will not find in the guide books, this is a privileged glimpse into lives unknown and worlds rarely visited. Wonderful.

 

Publisher: Archipelago Books
Average rating: 4/5

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i give this book 3 stars because the information wasn't a lot and there needs to be more quotes in the book.

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