Nostalgia and style: the life and works of Abdulhak Sinasi Hisar

Tanvir Wasti, Syed
Abdulhak Sinasi Hisar, a famous writer whose active career may be said to have spanned over the first 60 years of the 20th century, is celebrated within Turkey for his inimitable prose style, steeped in nostalgia and expressed with great elegance and charm. His three short novels, based both on his childhood memories of life and on depicting characters he observed in an Ottoman capital that once had a sparkling civilization, and his biographies of major writers who were his friends, along with his essays on literary criticism and his prolific journalistic output, have assured him a place in the front rank of Turkish literary figures.


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S. Tanvir Wasti, “Nostalgia and style: the life and works of Abdulhak Sinasi Hisar,” MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, pp. 0–0, 2020, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: