THE NOVELIST

The protagonist of The Novelist is a loser who has a disappointment both in life and in authorship. In his last novel, he is telling us how he came on the verge of suicide. He does the best thing he can and starts writing a suicide novel instead of leaving a short suicide note behind.

Our novelist protagonist confesses that he committed a double murder just in the beginning of his novel. While the police is seeking him, we are reading the last novel he is writing. Through the novel we are taking literal strolls in the old quarters of Istanbul, we are walking around the parks with his sister and her dog, we are going into dark bars in Beyoglu, we meet the novelist’s veiled girlfriend Zahide, his sister with Down syndrome, his retired journalist father.

While he is telling us the chain of events, driving him to commit murders with patient and fictional narrative, he is slowly taking us back to his victims and to the moment of murders. Literature never leaves us alone through our strolling.

The novel Hakan Yaman wrote a short time before Gezi Park protests contains socioeconomic turmoil, political dilemma, abuse of religion, secular anti-secular conflicts in Turkey. It is an astonishing crime fiction of Istanbul.

THE FALL SCENTED SINS

Fall Scented Sins is the story of a love and betrayal in the Levantine society of Izmir in the 19th century. The relation between Alfredo Vitelli who is a member of İzmir’s rich and well-known Levantine families and his wife Isabella Vitelli is narrated on two different platforms in the novel.

While a 19th century narrator is telling the story of the journey which organized by the Vitelli family with their friends to the Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, Isabella’s diary accompanies it. Narrator’s story and Isabella’s diary flow parallel in the beginning.

As novel progresses, these two stories intertwine and conflict.

THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH

The woman in the photograph is the voice records of its protagonist Suphi. Suphi is one of the grandsons of those “useless men” who we often find in the world literature. He is living with his mother in Istanbul. He works as an accountant in a small company. He is an amateur photographer and he carries his solitude on his back like a heavy burden.  We are listening his adventure of seeking the woman who he loses after he takes her photograph by coincidence.

Suphi falls in love with her just after he takes her picture. He explains everything recklessly, leisurely to us as if he confesses his sins. He goes in too deep, as far as to his childhood; he narrates by scratching his wounds remained in the hazy days of his childhood, he narrates even by making them bleed.

THE WINGS OF ISRAFEL

The Wings of Israfel is a parallel narration that proceeds with the transitions between two different time planes. The novel starts as the story of four university friends searching a lost book in Istanbul in 1950s. Meanwhile on the other time zone we start reading the story of the same book passing from hand to hand in the Ottoman Empire during the reign of Sultan Mahmut I in 1700s. The lost book in the novel is a 4444 page book written with all the alphabets of the world and it can be read from four sides- left to right, vice versa, downwards and upwards- and it contains all the secrets of the universe.

In his first novel, Hakan Yaman touches important issues such as religion, sect and ethnic discrimination with an allegoric narration while he also includes existential questions.

One of the most turbulent periods of Turkey when country had hard times for democracy during the political transition to multiple party system in 1950s is accompanying an 18th century magical Ottoman and Mediterranean episode in the novel. This makes the novel more colorful and interesting.