Geri Anasayfa


Sait Faik's Last Stories Within The Context of Modernism and Surrealism

Sait Faik is one of the important names of Turkish story of Republican Era in that he raised the traditional Turkish story-writing to a modernist level and affected the writers succeeding him. His authorship, having begun with his book “Semaver” published in 1936, took its way to a new understanding of story with his book “Alemdağ’da Var Bir Yılan” published in 1954. The changes in this last book of his, which was published before his death, and in his stories in “Az Şekerli”, which was posthumously published, point to an important turning point. A number of researchers and critics, with a view to Sait Faik’s last stories, have claimed that he tended towards surrealism through them. This study comes up with the argument that these texts cannot be evaluated directly within the scope of surrealism; it also places the emphasis on the reasons why some surrealist elements are used in these stories and on the effects of innovations in the stories on the succeeding generations. It could be said that he moved towards a modernist understanding of story both in terms of the themes of his stories an their language and narrative and that he deeply affected the post-1950 writers in particular through these changes. In this paper, the stories in Sait Faik’s last phase will be analyzed and different tendencies in his last stories will be dealt with with the aim of investigating into the relationship between these tendencies and modernist literature. In addition, this paper is designed to establish the thematic and structural changes that took place in Sait Faik’s last stories and affected the succeeding generations.

: Sait Faik, modernism, surrealism, story, “In Alemdağ is A Snake”