- Aziz Nesin
Aziz Nesin Born Mehmet Nusret Nesin
20 December 1915
Died 6 July 1995(aged 79)
Occupation Writer and Humorist Religion None (Atheist) Spouse Vedia Nesin (1939–1948)
Meral Çelen (1956–1967)
Children Oya (1940)
Parents Abdulaziz "Aziz" (Topalosmanoğlu family) & Hanife "İkbal"
Generally going by the name "Aziz Nesin", this was originally his father's name, used by Nesin as the pseudonym under which he started publishing. He wrote under more than fifty noms de plume, such as the pseudonym "Vedia Nesin", his first wife's name, which he used for love poems published in the magazine Yedigün.
Nesin was born in 1915 on Heybeliada, one of the Princes' Islands of Istanbul, in the days of the Ottoman Empire. After serving as a career officer for several years, he became the editor of a series of satirical periodicals with a socialist slant. He was jailed several times and placed under surveillance by the National Security Service (MAH in Turkish) for his political views. Among the incriminating pieces of evidence they found against him during his military service was his theft and sale for 35 Lira of two goats intended for his company—a violation of clause 131/2 of the Military Penal Code. One 98-year-old former MAH officer named Neşet Güriş alleged that Nesin was in fact a MAH member, but this has been disputed.
Nesin provided a strong indictment of the oppression and brutalization of the common man. He satirized bureaucracy and exposed economic inequities in stories that effectively combine local color and universal truths. Aziz Nesin has been presented with numerous awards in Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria and the former Soviet Union. His works have been translated into over thirty languages. During latter parts of his life he was said to be the only Turkish author who made a living only out of his earnings from his books.
On 6 June 1956, he married a coworker from the Akbaba magazine, Meral Çelen.
In 1972, he founded the Nesin Foundation. The purpose of the Nesin Foundation is to take, each year, four poor and destitute children into the Foundation's home and provide every necessity - shelter, education and training, starting from elementary school - until they complete high school, a trade school, or until they acquire a vocation. Aziz Nesin donated, gratis, to the Nesin Foundation his copyrights in their entirety for all his works in Turkey or other countries, including all of his published books, all plays to be staged, all copyrights for films, and all his works performed or used in radio or television.
Aziz Nesin was a political activist. After the 1980 military coup led by Kenan Evren, the intelligentsia was oppressed. Aziz Nesin led a number of intellectuals to take a stand against the military government, by issuing the Petition of Intellectuals (Turkish: Aydınlar Dilekçesi).
He championed free speech, especially the right to criticize Islam without compromise. In early 1990s he began a translation of Salman Rushdie's controversial novel, The Satanic Verses. This made him a target for radical Islamic organizations, who were gaining popularity throughout Turkey. On July 2, 1993 while attending a mostly Alevi cultural festival in the central Anatolian city of Sivas, a mob organized by radical Islamists gathered around the Madimak Hotel, where the festival attendants were accommodated, calling for Sharia and death to infidels. After hours of siege, the mob set the hotel on fire. After flames engulfed several lower floors of the hotel, firetrucks managed to get close, and Aziz Nesin and many guests of the hotel escaped. However, 37 people were killed. This event, also known as the Sivas massacre, was seen as a major assault on free speech and human rights in Turkey, and it deepened the rift between religious- and secular-minded people.
He devoted his last years to combating religious fundamentalism. Aziz Nesin died on July 6, 1995 due to a heart attack, after a book signing event in Çeşme, İzmir. After his death, his body was buried at an unknown location in land belonging to the Nesin Foundation, without any ceremony, as requested in his will.
English language bibliography
Several of Nesin's works have been published in English language translation.
Istanbul Boy: The Autobiography of Aziz Nesin (Turkish title: Böyle Gelmiş Böyle Gitmez) is a multi-volume autobiography by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin published by University of Texas Press and Southmoor Studios, in English language translation by Joseph S. Jacobson.
- Istanbul Boy: The Autobiography of Aziz Nesin, Part I. Austin: University of Texas Press. 1977. ISBN 0-292-73809-9.
- Istanbul Boy: The Autobiography of Aziz Nesin, Part II. Austin: University of Texas Press. 1979. ISBN 0-292-73820-X.
- Istanbul Boy: The Autobiography of Aziz Nesin, Part III. Austin: University of Texas Press. 1990. ISBN 0-292-73864-1.
- Istanbul Boy: The Autobiography of Aziz Nesin, Part IV. Utah: Southmoor Studios. 2000. ISBN 978-0967370354.
Turkish Stories from Four Decades
Turkish Stories from Four Decades is a 1991 short story collection by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin published by Three Continents Press, in English language translation by Louis Mitler.
- Turkish Stories from Four Decades. trans. Louis Mitler. Washington D.C.: Three Continents Press. 1991. ISBN 978-0894106873.
Dog Tails is a short story collection by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin republished in 2000 by Southmoor Studios, in English language translation by Joseph S. Jacobson.
- Dog Tails. trans. Joseph S. Jacobson. Utah: Southmoor Studios. 2000. ISBN 978-0967370347.
Memoirs Of An Exile
Memoirs Of An Exile (Turkish title: Bir Sürgünün Hatıraları) is an autobiographical memoir by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin about his exile to Bursa, republished in 2001 by Southmoor Studios, in English language translation by Joseph S. Jacobson.
- Memoirs Of An Exile. trans. Joseph S. Jacobson. Utah: Southmoor Studios. 2001. ISBN 978-0967370385.
Hayri the Barber Surnâmé
Hayri the Barber Surnâmé (Turkish title: Surnâme) is a novel by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin republished in 2001 by Southmoor Studios, in English language translation by Joseph S. Jacobson.
- Hayri the Barber Surnâmé. trans. Joseph S. Jacobson. Utah: Southmoor Studios. 2001. ISBN 978-0967370392.
Out of the Way! Socialism's Coming!
Out of the Way! Socialism's Coming! (Turkish title: Sosyalizm Geliyor Savulun!) is a 2001 selection of three stories from a short story collection by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin, published by Milet Books, in a dual of the original Turkish and an English language translation by Damian Croft, as part of its series of Turkish-English Short Story Collections.
The publisher states that, “In these hilarious and entertaining stories, the legendary Aziz Nesin turns his uniquely incisive, satirical wit on shifting ideologies, bureaucracy and the question of who’s really (in)sane: the ones locked up or the ones outside.”
A review in Write Away states that, “These are thought provoking parables of our time,” that, “take the mickey out of bureaucracy and political ideology and hypocrisy,” and “should leave readers laughing and thinking.”
The volume consists of the stories;
- Out of the Way! Socialism's Coming!
- The Inspector's Coming
- The Lunatics Break Loose
For an English-only edition of the full collection, see below under Socialism Is Coming: Stand Aside.
- Out of the Way! Socialism's Coming!. trans. Damian Croft. London: Milet Books. 2001. ISBN 978-1840592979.
The Dance of the Eagle and the Fish
The Dance of the Eagle and the Fish is a children's book adapted from the short story of the same name by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin and published in 2001 by Milet Books, in English language translation by Ruth Christie.
- The Dance of the Eagle and the Fish. trans. Ruth Christie. London: Milet Books. 2001. ISBN 978-1840593167.
Socialism Is Coming: Stand Aside
Socialism Is Coming: Stand Aside (Turkish title: Sosyalizm Geliyor Savulun!) is a short story collection by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin republished in 2002 by Southmoor Studios, in English language translation by Joseph S. Jacobson.
- Socialism Is Coming: Stand Aside. trans. Joseph S. Jacobson. Utah: Southmoor Studios. 2002. ISBN 978-0971184626.
The Tales of Nasrettin Hoca
The Tales of Nasrettin Hoca (Turkish title: Nasrettin Hoca Hikayeleri) is a short story collection by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin based on the folk tales of Nasrettin Hoca republished in 2002 by Dost Yayınları, in English language translation by Talât Sait Halman.
- The Tales of Nasrettin Hoca. trans. Talât Sait Halman. Dost Yayınları. 2002. ISBN 978-9759548100.
Laugh or Lament
Laugh or Lament: Selected Short Stories is a 2002 short story collection by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin published by Turkish Ministry of Culture, in English language translation by Masud Akhtar Shaikh, with an introduction by the translator.
The volume consists of the stories;
- A Unique Surgical Operation
- Our House and Our Landlord
- Hang These Rascals
- The Mother of Three Angels
- I Committed Suicide
- Precious Public Funds
- What a Difference
- Government Secrets Everywhere
- The Shepherd and the Lamb
- Freedom of Expression
- The Ox Tells the Truth
- Late Comers' Competition
- I am Sorry
- A Stray Dog Named Tarzan
- The Donkey and the National Service Medal
- Agent 0X-13
- Human Offspring
- Chains and Shadows
- The Cost of a Sensational Find
- Corruption Unlimited
- Beware of the Rats Among Us
- The New Prime Minister
- Laugh or Lament: Selected Short Stories. trans. Masud Akhtar Shaikh. Ankara: Turkish Ministry of Culture. 2002.
- Laugh or Lament: Selected Short Stories. trans. Masud Akhtar Shaikh. Istanbul: Nesin Books. 2006. ISBN 978-975903883-0.
- Istanbul Boy: The Autobiography of Aziz Nesin, Part I at University of Texas.
- A Patriotic Duty at Boğaziçi University.
^¶ According to Nesin's autobiography Memoirs of an Exile: "They named me Nusret. In Turkish, this Arabic word means 'God's Help.' It was a name entirely fitting to us because my family, destitute of any other hope, placed all their hope in God."
- ^ Aziz Nesin of Turkey Dies at 80; Writer Escaped Militants' Arson
- ^ International Committee for Crimea, http://www.iccrimea.org/scholarly/aydin.html#_ftn6
- ^ Allworth, Edward. The Tatars of Crimea: return to the homeland : studies and documents. Pg 328. ISBN13 978-0-8223-1994-8.
- ^ "Aziz Nesin’in Takmaadlarından Bazıları" ("Some of Aziz Nesin's Pseudonyms"). Nesin Foundation.
- ^ Asku, Fatma (2005-08-28). "Milli İstihbarat’ın Aziz Nesin’lik işleri" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. http://hurarsiv.hurriyet.com.tr/goster/haber.aspx?viewid=623419. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- ^ Tayman, Enis (2007-08-23). "Türkiye onun sayesinde savaşa girmedi" (in Turkish). http://www.tempodergisi.com.tr/toplum_politika/14484/. Retrieved 2008-10-17. [dead link]
- ^ Tayman, Enis (2007-08-23). "İçimizdeki Casuslar" (in Turkish). Tempo. http://www.tempodergisi.com.tr/kose/cinar_oskay/14455/.
- ^ "ABD taşeronu Aziz Nesin’e saldırdı" (in Turkish). soL Günlük Siyasi Gazete. 2007-08-24. http://arsiv.sol.org.tr/?yazino=13666. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
- ^ "Hem MİT’çi hem topçu; Neşet Güriş atıyor" (in Turkish). soL Günlük Siyasi Gazete. 2007-08-24. http://arsiv.sol.org.tr/index.php?yazino=13679. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
- ^ Kahraman, Hasan Bulent (2007-08-25). "Attila İlhan casus muydu?". Sabah. http://arsiv.sabah.com.tr/2007/08/25/haber,26C59CA8112E454D96B862837D1A7F07.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
- ^ "MİT Aziz Nesin'in sevgilisinin peşinde" (in Turkish). Sabah. 2007-07-17. http://www.sabah.com.tr/2007/07/17/haber,FBB344E23A0C48A3BEEA295D9B8AF04E.html. Retrieved 2008-12-18. [dead link]
- ^ "Out of Print Books: N". University of Texas Press. http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/findabook/oplists/opn.html. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
- ^ Istanbul Boy. http://books.google.com/books?id=LxMjxriQB8IC&pg=PA320&lpg=PA320&dq=Joseph+S.+Jacobson&source=bl&ots=3ojF6LUe26&sig=HaQCCPaYRvZ3VpuhX5xgbVIIwyw&hl=en&ei=V674Sqj5MIvymQOys7izCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CBYQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=Joseph%20S.%20Jacobson&f=false. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
- ^ a b "Out of the Way! Socialism's Coming!". Milet Books. http://www.milet.com/detail_english.asp?ProductID=70. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
- ^ Memoirs Of An Exile, Lightmillennium.org
- Nesin, Aziz. Istanbul Boy – The autobiography of Aziz Nesin, translated by Joseph S. Jacobson
- Turkishculture.org – Aziz Nesin (1916-1995)[unreliable source?]
- Biyografi.info – Biography of Aziz Nesin (Turkish)[unreliable source?]
- Biyografi.net – Biography of Aziz Nesin (Turkish)[unreliable source?]
- Allword, Edward. The Tatars of Crimea: Return to the Homeland : Studies and Documents. North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1998. ISBN 0822319942.
- Nesin Foundation (Turkish)
- About Aziz Nesin & The Nesin Foundation (English)
- Poems of Aziz Nesin Poetry of Aziz Nesin, translated into English
- Online edition of Istanbul Boy, Part I
- Aziz Nesin: A Black-comedy Defiant Turkish Satirist
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