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Ublic figures who could be found in any city in Turkey or perhaps any Eastern setting where the old way of life adopts new and Western counterparts Ahmet H Tanpinar's portrayal of modern post Ottoman Tu. More than fifty years after its publication in Turkey and its author s death the 400 page novel The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar is available in English for the first time Let me start by praising its translators Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe who judging from the novel s intricate content and stylistic complexity have had to overcome tremendous difficulties and have done it brilliantly This novel is a masterpiece not only in Turkish but also in English which means that the translators deserve as much praise as the original authorBecause of its numerous subplots it s very hard to summarize this novel but let me try at the beginning the narrator Hayri Irdal reveals that his life has taken a different turn when he met his benefactor Halit Ayarci and became associated with the Time Regulation Institute After this revelation the narrative switches back to the narrator s childhood As a child he was fascinated with watches and clocks and was lucky enough to learn everything about them from one of those wise men of humble origins that any neighborhood used to have in the old days Nuri Efendi The descriptions of various types of watches and clocks are among the most beautiful pages in the book lyrical and funny at the same time infused with nostalgia for outmoded mechanicstechnology and insights on different views of time The grandfather clock that the narrator s family owns ironically called the Blessed One plays an important part among other things it serves as a virtual prop when the narrator undergoes psychoanalysis with Dr RamizHow did Hayri a poor simple man come to be psychoanalyzed Well he was taken to court because he was accused of having stolen a diamond a diamond that didn t really exist and in order to determine whether or not he was sane the court sent him to a doctor who as luck would have it had studied in Vienna It was Dr Ramiz who later introduced Hayri to his circle of friends in a bohemian caf and through some of them Hayri became involved with the Spiritualist Society Although Tanpinar satirizes these circles and fads that were fashionable in the first half of the twentieth century in Europe the satire is colorful and humorous and the people described are very charming far from being moralized the reader is drawn into a magical world The Time Regulation Institute is the creation of Halit Ayarci the prototype of the modern man who believes that work necessarily takes places in an office and that anyone who performs real work has or should have a modern that is regulated vision of time Western readers may not necessarily recognize in this institute an allegory of bureaucratic societies especially since its hundreds of employees don t do anything as absurd as modern societies may be they do appreciate one thing efficiency Every once in a while some important official such as the mayor drops by to visit this important institute whose function is to make sure that all the watches and clocks in the city are set properly It should be added though that the satire or allegory as some critics have called it is very complex and that Tanpinar is too good a writer to give us simply a black and white image He is a master stylist and The Time Regulation Institute is one of the most beautifully written and interesting novels of mid twentieth century when it was first published

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Rkey weaves a theater of the absurd suggestively representative of the early days of the young Republic This translation is introduced by an essay by the late Berna Moran a leading Turkish literary crit. A paean to a lost world The Time Regulation Institute explores Turkey just as it is about the cross the threshold from the Ottoman Empire to it s re birth as a secular Western state under Ataturk The novel freuently jumps between absurdist plots such as the miraculous resurrection from death of the narrator s auntie to surreal humour such as the narrator s second wife who under a vast swathe of illusions associated her husband with the hero of the last film she happened to watch endowing him with the swash buckling style of Errol Flynn or of the somewhat ambiguous time regulation institute itself which regulates something or another relating to time but what that something is isn t ever articulated and perhaps isn t really important The institution itself perhaps doesn t provide any useful service outside of allowing the narrator to cogitate on the various absurdities which surround him or build a series of rather monstrous edifices each of which resemble a time piece of some sort What then is the theme of The Time Regulation Institute Bergsonian concepts of time the impermanence of life the machinations of Ottoman middle class society the singing career of the narrator s life style the narrator s preposterous romantic fantasies the mysteries of psychoanalysis and the narrator s father complex superficial spiritual seances and the inevitable loss of uniue and wonderful culture beneath the relentless wave of modernity Does the above sound chaotic and unstructured and often unrelated Absolutely But this merely reflects the rather jumbled up narrative style and approach which often acts as a series of meanderings of the narrator than any kind of functional narrative but perhaps this again is the point Tanpinar dispense of conventional Westernised narrative forms but instead opts for a very loose collection of thoughts and events connected to the life of Hayri Irdai a nondescript man whose status us raised by his association with a nonsensical organisation and influenced by his writing of a the historical biography of an entirely fictional scientist Added to this is a Svevo like level of self analysis of a narrator whose naivete is bordering on incredulous and a self depreciating style which precedes that of the two Levi Carlo and Primo as Tanpinar both explores and celebrates the final gasps of a soon to be extinct Ottoman society via a man who never really belongs to it

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Old Istanbul aristocrats Turkish teashops imperial diamonds and great and humble mosues are juxtaposed with the almost non descriptive portrayals of neighborhood friendships family relations and local p. Spectacular Turkish modernist novel with all the ingredients ennui noia boredom bourgeois desperation Viennese psychoanalysis Kafkaesue bureaucracy paranoia about internationalization absurdism The plot turns on the idea that people could become interested in synchronizing their watches if only they had the use of handy kiosks throughout the city with trained attendants to help them Tired of Pamuk Uninterested in Shafak Here s your Turkish author Now out in a nice new edition


10 thoughts on “Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü

  1. says:

    On Turkish SarcasmI have reached a stage in my life at which almost everything I read provokes memories of things I have done many of them toe curling in their naive arrogance This is not always therefore a welcome experience But it is also often instructiveIn my younger days a thoughtless ambition led me to accept a position as a senior executive of an international stock exchange This was a profound error on their part as wel

  2. says:

    Spectacular Turkish modernist novel with all the ingredients ennui noia boredom bourgeois desperation Viennese psychoanalysis Kafkaesue bureaucracy paranoia about internationalization absurdism The plot turns on the idea that people could become interested in synchronizing their watches if only they had the use of handy

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    Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü The Time Regulation Institute Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Ender GürolIt began serialization in a newspaper in 1954 It was first published as a book in 1961 An English translation by Ender Gürol was published in 2001 by the Turco Tatar Press The main character is Hayri İrdal who narrates the novel and pres

  4. says:

    More than fifty years after its publication in Turkey and its author’s death the 400 page novel The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar is available in English for the first time Let me start by praising its translators Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe who judging from the novel’s intricate content and

  5. says:

    I think this book is really a good example of black humor A lots of notions in the book has been criticized by the Author like independent bureaucracy modernity sociological phenomenas etc The chapter which is about establishment of the inst

  6. says:

    I laid my hopes into “The Time Regulation Institute” as a classic of modern Turkish literature even before I started reading the novel which I know is wrong But in this case my expectations were even topped Due to its protagonist and narrator this novel could primarily be described as picaresue Hayri Irdal lacks education is poor clumsy and mostly a walking disaster Although the novel is formally divided into four sections in approxim

  7. says:

    a The third novel from Turkey that I've foun

  8. says:

    35 starsFor some reason I didn't connect with this book at all I mean I absolutely get the allegorical representation of Turkish society and government but I feel like some parts were way too long and way too detailed for my taste I get why this is a modern classic and I absolutely think the insight into the bureaucratic organization of Turkey is done uite well but it was too Kafka like Unfortunately not my ty

  9. says:

    A paean to a lost world 'The Time Regulation Institute' explores Turkey just as it is about the cross the threshold from the Ottoman Empire to it's re birth as a secular Western state under Ataturk The novel freuently jumps between  absurdist

  10. says:

    As most of you know I spend a lot of my time reading horror But I’m also always on the lookout for literary fiction that has a heart The Time Regulation Institute by Ahment Hamdi Tanpinar is just such a bookHow this book came to be published in English is almost as interesting as the story itself Released 50 years ago in Turkey The Time Regulation Institute has been rediscovered and translated into English for a new generation

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