PEN Atlas: Kaya Genç on Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar

Istanbul’s Tanpınar Literature Festival begins on Monday with events devoted to the theme of ‘city and journey’. Polish writer Andrzej Bart, the Man Booker long-listed Canadian novelist and poet Alison Pick, and a group of young and talented Turkish authors are among the attractions. But it’s perhaps the novelist behind the festival’s title, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1901-1962) who has caught the world’s attention more than anyone, with his 1961 novel The Time Regulation Institute being published this year as a Penguin Classic. To celebrate, Kaya Genç discusses his cultural legacy.







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