Monday, January 09, 2012

Hüzün- shared melancholia

An interesting review of Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul: Memories and the City :

"It's a rather philosophical & personal (perhaps overly so) account of Istanbul, with an emphasis on the hüzün«We might call this confused, hazy state melancholy, or perhaps we should call it by its Turkish name, hüzün, which denotes a melancholy that is communal, rather than private.

Pamuk keeps coming back to hüzün as the prevailing mood that binds Istanbullus, melancholia as a spiritual state, a glue, for Istanbullus living now in the seat of a ruined crossroads, struggling to be modern, yet to still retain the dignity of their past."

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