Time Regulation Institute

ISBN-10: 0143106732

ISBN-13: 9780143106739

Edition: 2013

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The first-ever English translation of what is arguably the greatest Turkish novel of the twentieth centuryHayri Idral, the protagonist of this comic masterpiece, is one of the first antiheroes of Turkish literature. Born in poverty in Istanbul, Hayri seeks to improve his station by taking a position at the Time Regulation Institute, a gigantic organization dedicated to adjusting all the country’s watches and clocks to Western time, just as Turkey is abandoning the traditions of the Ottoman Empire. After a crucial discrepancy is revealed, the Institute closes its doors—but its legacy survives: society remains the same even as the corporation’s workers continue to adhere to its ideals. With satirical brilliance, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar evokes the anxiety of a country straddling the divide between east and west.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/7/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-62) is considered one of the most important Turkish novelist of the twentieth century. Deeply influenced by Paul Valery and Bergson, Tanpinar created a cultural universe in in his work, bringing together a Western literary voice and the sensibilities of the Ottoman culture. He taught aesthetics, mythology, and literature at the University of Istanbul.

Pankaj Mishra is currently editing an anthology of contemporary Indian writers. He divides his time between New Delhi & Simla.

Orhan Pamuk is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006. His novelMy Name Is Redwon the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. He lives in Istanbul.

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