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ABASIYANIK, Sait Faik

Storywriter (b. 25 November 1906, Adapazarı – d. 11 May 1954, İstanbul). He attended primary school at the Rehberi Terraki School in his hometown. Later, he attended the İstanbul High School for Boys for a while and completed his high school education in Bursa High School (1928). He studied at İstanbul University, Faculty of Literature (1928-30) and at Grenoble (France). After he turned back to İstanbul in 1935, he worked as a lecturer at the Armenian Orphan School for a short time. Although he engaged himself in grain trade for a while and worked as a journalist for a month (he was the courthouse correspondent of the newspaper Haber); thanks to the financial support of his father, he lived in their family residence in Burgaz Island in summers and in their house in Şişli in winters, together with his mother (this residence became the “Sait Faik Museum” in 1964). The family’s surname was originally Abasızoğulları. After the law of family was affected, they took Abasıyanık as their surname. Sait Faik also used the pen names Adalı, Sait Faik Adalı and S. F. Due to excess consumption of alcohol, insomnia and his bohemian life style, his health had deteriorated ever since 1935. In 1948, he was diagnosed with cirrhosis. Before he died, he was elected as an honorary member of Mark Twain Association in the United States (1953). After his death, a short story award (Sait Faik Short Story Award) has been organized in his name since 1955. Sait Faik never got married.

Embarking on literature by writing poems and short stories at high school, Sait Faik tried writing novels, as well; however, he was recognized with his story-writing and attained a deserved fame in this field. He became one of the masters of Turkish story writing.

His first short story Uçurtmalar (Kites) was published in the newspaper Milliyet. His other short stories and articles appeared in reviews such as Varlık (1934-54), Ağaç (1936), Servet-i Fünûn, Uyanış, Ses, Yeni Ses (1939-40), İşte (1944), Yürüyüş (1943-44), Gün (1946), Yaprak (1949-50) and Yenilik (1952-54). Sait Faik, who narrated his childhood memories on the Marmara Islands and his observations in Bursa, Adapazarı and France in his works, from time to time, tried a surrealist narration in his short stories, where he chose his characters among the residents of Bursa, Greek fishermen, children and the poor people of the outskirts of towns. He usually adopted realism in his works and drew attention with his success in prioritizing the love of human being and nature in his stories. The case is a background in his short stories, and some of them even lack a specific event. He uses the language skillfully. Sometimes, he used an inattentive style in accordance with the rhythm of his life. He loved human masses crowding his stories, which brought warmness is his short stories. He said “Everything starts with loving a person”.

WORKS:

POETRY: Şimdi Sevişmek Vakti (Now It is Time to Make Love, 1953).

NOVEL: Medar-ı Maişet Motoru (An Engine for the Sign of Livelihood, 1944, With the title Bir Takım İnsanlar –Some People, 1952), Kayıp Aranıyor (Lost Wanted, 1953).

SHORT STORY: Semaver (Semovar, 1936), Sarnıç (Cistern, 1939), Şahmerdan (Punch Press, 1940), Lüzumsuz Adam (Unnecessary Man, 1948), Mahalle Kahvesi (The Café of the Neighborhood, 1950), Havada Bulut (The Cloud in the Sky, 1951), Kumpanya (Theatretical Company, 1951), Havuz Başı (The Side of Pool, 1952), Son Kuşlar (The Last Birds, 1952), Alemdağda Var Bir Yılan (There is a Snake in Alemdağ, 1954), Az Şekerli (Slightly Added with Sugar, 1954), Tüneldeki Çocuk (The Child in the Tunnel, 1955),

INTERVIEW: Mahkeme Kapısı (The Gate of Court, 1956). 

Later, the works of the author were collected by Bilgi Publishing House in 12 volumes under the title of “Bütün Eserleri” (Collected Works, 1970-82). All works of Sait Faik were re-published by Yapı Kredi Publications in 2003.