Translation of Sade Yaşamak

Translation of Sade Yaşamak

I had the profound joy of translating the more than 100 posts of Sade Yaşamak from Turkish to English. Written by Begüm Başoğlu (curator of the Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library, Istanbul) and Ege Erim (freelance writer), the blog is an offshoot of their book Sade and chronicles their weekly musings on life, directed by the central theme [...]

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The Story of Turkish Pickling

The Story of Turkish Pickling

In a corner of the former bohemian neighbourhood of Cihangir in Istanbul, a shop window halfway shuts out the world with a display of stacked jars. Inside each round glass compartment are vegetables of every dimension and colour, like tightly packed edible relics. Carrots, tomatoes, okra, artichokes, green beans, peppers, cucumbers and beets await patiently [...]

Turkish Photographer Nadir Bucan

Turkish Photographer Nadir Bucan

When we think of Turkey, the last thing that comes to mind is survival on the bare necessities, utterly detached from the kind of technology that has risen to a state of status quo for many. Turkish photographer Nadir Bucan wandered among the remote mountain villages of Turkey’s Van region for six years, documenting every moment of [...]

Philological Library, Berlin

Philological Library, Berlin

Rising like an extraterrestrial sphere from the usual gridline construction of a university campus, the Philological Library of the Free University of Berlin is an entity of welcomed visual deviance. Completed in 2005 by Foster + Partners (an architecture firm founded by Lord Norman Foster) the library is another addition to a portfolio known for [...]

Profile of Müjde Tönbekici

Profile of Müjde Tönbekici

As Müjde Tönbekici follows a dirt path that leads up to the 20 traditional cottages she built with her former husband in the village of Şirince, her every step is mimicked by a band of three incessantly mewing cats. Above the wild wisps of her dark red hair, the tree limbs hang down heavily with [...]

The Story of Karaköy

The Story of Karaköy

Deniz Duru places a small blue plastic key into a slot in the leg of a walnut table. An automated voice utters a command in German as the subtle whir of a motor begins to push the heavy tabletop upwards, revealing a computer screen within that slowly moves into a 90-degree position. ‘There’s nothing yet [...]

Profile of Ömer Güllü

Profile of Ömer Güllü

  At four in the morning, after the call to prayer reverberates off the renovated façades of the Turkish city of Gaziantep, its residents are already stirring in the streets. Street vendors start up their grills as the early risers arrive for their first meal of the day. The ovens at Güllüoğlu, too, are now [...]