SILENCE OF THE BIRCH TREES
If your life had changed out of the blue, would you go away leaving everything, your house and even your loved ones behind without hesitation for the sake of your dreams and your freedom?
Macide is a music teacher who leads a quiet life together with his husband Salim and with his son in a province. She suddenly disappears without notice and a trace in a morning. Her husband’s and son’s lives take an utterly different path with her disappearance. Salim starts searching for his wife worrying about her life in the beginning, but in time he starts having doubts about her and this new state of freedom opens new gates for him. And Macide takes a different route with a good reason which she doesn’t tell anyone.
Hakan Yaman makes us interrogate whether it is possible to restart our lives one more time as we are on a lost woman’s trail. An extensive and thought-provoking novel about the priorities in human relations and about our lives by the writer of Woman in the Photograph which was granted the Yunus Nadi Novel Award.
FALL SCENTED SINS
Is there a happy love? – İdefix
Are you in love with someone nowadays? Do you hate someone because of your love? Do you betray someone for your love? Have you being betrayed?
There are some novels, you never forget, you can never forget. No matter how much time passes by after you read them. Didn’t Bihter in Ask-i Memnu (The Forbidden Love), Lara Feodorovna in Doctor Jivago chase you after you have met them once? Most probably they did, because their pains, worries, their contradictions with their beliefs, especially, the obstinate, cruel imposition of their loves are universal. Fall Scented Sins is also such a kind of novel, that is to say it is universal.
This is the novel of love, going on its way without caring place, time and your resistance. Once love, especially the forbidden love decides to have its knife into you, it comes and finds you no matter if you are in the 19th century of Izmir, hasn’t been suffered from the war yet or in Moscow, already in the war or in Istanbul of the last period of the Ottoman Empire.
Fall Scented Sins is expressing the most important feelings, getting us into trouble as well as making us human beings with an unbelievable honesty and a very tasty literature from its first page to the last.
Mustafa Özcan – 21.04.2011
INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS
Doğan Hızlan says that Hakan Yaman drew the pictures of neighbourhoods of Istanbul and the lives there through the characters he created.
Hakan Yaman wrote novels which take place in a wide historical plane, going back from 1950s to the period of Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th century. Except the Fall Scented Sins which was a love and betrayal story in İzmir and its environs and his last novel that is begins in Ankara, he has chosen Istanbul as the place in all his novels. He revived historical places, hidden, forgotten corners of Istanbul in his novels. But no matter what the time and place is he always tried to understand and narrate the human beings.