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A Useless Man by Sait Faik Abasiyanik
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Jan 06, 2015 | ISBN 9780914671077

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“Sait Faik’s best stories combine…innocence with a profound intelligence, showing that people also bring sadness, disappointment, rivalry, frustration and confusion. He should certainly be better known among English readers and this volume is a good place to start… His work is full of humanistic portrayals of laborers, fishermen, children, tradesmen, the unemployed, the poor…one of the best loved writers in Turkey.” — William Armstrong, Hürriyet Daily News

“Part of the charm of Sait Faik Abasiyanik, who wrote almost 200 short stories in two decades before his premature death in 1954, is the way he floated above the fray of his turbulent times. This new selection of tales is welcome…. His stories bear multiple readings… they are elliptical, fragmentary, defined mostly by what is left unsaid; they never outstay their welcome…. ’The Silk Handkerchief’ [is] a poignant masterpiece of concision.” — The Times Literary Supplement

“It’s heartbreaking and tender…. Masterly storytelling, beautifully translated.” — The Irish Times

“[S]uperbly translated. . . evocative and nostalgic without ever being saccharine. . . Like quality chocolates, each story is worth pausing over to savor the nuances, wondering about the hints and where they lead. . . Elliptical and unexpected, sometimes lyrical, sometimes earthy, using elementary language and a stark, Chekhovian simplicity, these loving tributes to the unnoticed loners on the margins of life reveal the world through Sait Faik’s eyes in all its brutality and loneliness and beauty.” –Nick DiMartino, University Book Store, in Shelf Awareness

“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… these stories inspire, amuse and move in equal measure… this is a privileged glimpse into lives unknown and worlds rarely visited. Wonderful.” — Booktrust

“Abasıyanık’s status as a Turkish national treasure is utterly unsurprising. Chekhov-like in his ability to create sweet, poignant moments from the mundane and melancholy, Abasıyanık is able to fashion even a mother’s death into a comforting embrace… Abasıyanık’s prose is never heavy-handed, as he expertly invokes the colours, smells and tastes of his native Turkey.” Totally Dublin

“These are stories that are not so much unputdownable as unpindownable. Briefer and more open-ended than Chekhov, earthier than Borges and Kafka, less penetrating than Katherine Mansfield and D H Lawrence – yet as beguiling as all of them… It isn’t always easy to get a handle on these stories, but it is not difficult at all to be lulled and entranced by their strangeness.” The National (UAE)

“…beautifully paced and glows with affection for the sights and sounds of working class Istanbul… one of Turkey’s most revered writers… Engrossing and curiously refreshing, Sait Faik opens magical doors to Istanbul as it stood back in the early twentieth century, with its colourful array of prostitutes, barflys and musicians who frequented its coffee and tea houses and drinking dens.” — RTÉ Ten (Ireland) 

“[S]ince I have come into possession of Abasiyanik’s Stories, I have found myself pursuing loosely structured goals in the region just as an excuse to hop on a train an

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