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Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü

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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’ın şiiri sembolist bir ifade üzerine kurulmuştur. Aynı anlatım tarzı romanlarına da zaman zaman sirayet eder. Ancak muhteva açısından metafizik eğilimleri ile estetik endişelerini şiire ayırdığı halde, sosyal temalar için nesri seçmiştir.
Romanları, zengin hayat hikâyesinden taşarak Türkiye meselelerine kendine has yorumlar getirir.
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 2015 by Dergah Yayınları (first published 1954)
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BlackOxford
On Turkish Sarcasm

I have reached a stage in my life at which almost everything I read provokes memories of things I have done, many of them toe-curling in their naive arrogance. This is not always, therefore, a welcome experience. But it is also often instructive.

In my younger days, a thoughtless ambition led me to accept a position as a senior executive of an international stock exchange. This was a profound error - on their part as well as mine. I assumed the job would benefit by
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Jim Elkins
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turkish
Spectacular Turkish modernist novel, with all the ingredients: ennui, noia, boredom, bourgeois desperation, Viennese psychoanalysis, Kafkaesque bureaucracy, paranoia about internationalization, absurdism. The plot turns on the idea that people could become interested in synchronizing their watches -- if only they had the use of handy kiosks throughout the city with trained attendants to help them.

Tired of Pamuk? Uninterested in Shafak? Here's your Turkish author! (Now out in a nice new edition.
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Alta
More than fifty years after its publication in Turkey and its author’s death, the 400-page novel The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar is available in English for the first time. Let me start by praising its translators, Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe, who, judging from the novel’s intricate content and stylistic complexity, have had to overcome tremendous difficulties, and have done it brilliantly. This novel is a masterpiece not only in Turkish, but also in English, which means that the tran ...more
rosshalde
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is really a good example of black humor. A lots of notions in the book has been criticized by the Author. (like independent, bureaucracy, modernity, sociological phenomenas etc.) The chapter which is about establishment of the institute maybe the most remarkable part for me. This part about a new country's economy which is trying to be adapted to world's economic system. Halit ayarcı symbolize the entrepreneurial model of this period.(early 20. century) The need for "foreign ex ...more
Jelena
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern
I laid my hopes into “The Time Regulation Institute” as a classic of modern Turkish literature even before I started reading the novel, which I know is wrong. But in this case my expectations were even topped.

Due to its protagonist and narrator this novel could primarily be described as picaresque. Hayri Irdal lacks education, is poor, clumsy and mostly a walking disaster. Although the novel is formally divided into four sections, in approximately the first half of it we hear about a series of
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
a) The third novel from Turkey that I've found in this little Turkey=shaped rabbit hole I've fallen down.

b) My second from Tanpınar (don't ask me about orthography and pronunciation. I'm a bit at a loss ; but there's a helpful guide at the back).

c) The other is A Mind at Peace. I prefer this one being more in the satirical and black humor direction ; the other more of the innerist=modernist reflective mode, I'd suggest in that Proust direction rather than the Tristram direction
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Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

For some reason, I didn't connect with this book at all. I mean, I absolutely get the allegorical representation of Turkish society and government but I feel like some parts were way too long and way too detailed for my taste. I get why this is a modern classic and I absolutely think the insight into the bureaucratic organization of Turkey is done quite well, but it was too Kafka-like. Unfortunately, not my type of classical literature. I did have to write an essay on this book so d
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Inderjit Sanghera
A paean to a lost world, 'The Time Regulation Institute' explores Turkey just as it is about the cross the threshold from the Ottoman Empire to it's re-birth as a secular, Western state under Ataturk. The novel frequently jumps between  absurdist plots, such as the miraculous resurrection from death of the narrator's auntie, to surreal humour, such as the narrator's second wife who, under a vast swathe of illusions, associated her husband with the hero of the last film she happened to watch, end ...more
Brett Talley
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As most of you know, I spend a lot of my time reading horror. But I’m also always on the lookout for literary fiction that has a heart. The Time Regulation Institute by Ahment Hamdi Tanpinar is just such a book.

How this book came to be published in English is almost as interesting as the story itself. Released 50 years ago in Turkey, The Time Regulation Institute has been rediscovered and translated into English for a new generation and a new audience. There’s a lesson there for writ
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S̶e̶a̶n̶
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

Organized into four parts, each of which is longer than the previous one, this supposed 'greatest Turkish novel of the twentieth century'* grew on me just enough with each new section to spur me on, but having finally finished it I remain disappointed. Perhaps it is the loss of language nuance due to translation, likely combined with my paltry knowledge of Turkish history, but the comedic element of the story fell flat for me. The parody of bureaucracy and Western-style 'progress' felt too obvio
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Caroline
This is a good read, but on every page I was thinking that there are surely five more layers in Turkish. The introduction by Pankaj Mishra is ‘at fault’ for this feeling, because he provides a very useful overview of the Ataturkian fiats that altered every aspect of Turkish life, in particular the removal of words of Persian origin from the Turkish language. And he explains that Tanpinar played with this policy throughout the book; the meaning of what words are chosen and what words are avoided ...more
Keith
Tanpinar is hailed as Turkey’s greatest novelist even by the author I thought Turkey’s greatest novelist – Orhan Pamuk. This book was published in 1960 and perhaps like Turkey itself the novel illustrates a nation moving slowly and often reluctantly to its embrace of modernity. This reluctance informs the novel which reads more like a late nineteenth-century European novel. I read one comment that suggests if Dickens was reborn as a Turk this is the kind of novel he would write. Perhaps so. It i ...more
Lukas Evan
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you read one Turkish novel this year, make it this one!
Marc Faoite
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Time Regulation Institute was originally published in 1962, the year of the author’s death. It is generally regarded as the pinnacle of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s literary career. This is the first Turkish book to be translated into English and published by Penguin Classics and the filter of translation is so fine as to be imperceptible.

Set in the nineteen-thirties in Tanpinar’s native Turkey, and almost entirely centred on the city of Istanbul, this book is a sardonic exploration of
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Thomas Hübner
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
http://www.mytwostotinki.com/?p=3374

Years ago, I came across the name of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-1962) for the first time. I was reading Orhan Pamuk’s book about Istanbul and Pamuk refers to Tanpinar as his most important teacher as a writer and novelist. That’s a sufficient reason to have a closer look at this author and his novel The Time Regulation Institute, first published in book form in 1962.

Tanpinar belongs to a generation of Turkish authors that grew up in the Ottoman Empire and lived through the first dec
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Jeannette Nikolova
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitusu (The Time Regulation Institute) is a book I've wanted to read for a very long time. While the description suggests nothing of the sort, ever since I heard the title, I felt as if there was something otherworldly or fantastical about it.

I was both completely wrong and somewhat right.

Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitusu is the most Kafkaesque Turkish book I've come in contact with and it is every bit as stuffy and absurd as, say, The Trial. The book is the memoir o/>Saatleri(The
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Cărăşălu
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is smart, full of humour and nostalgia, and a narrative style I haven't read in a while, where words flow, sentences are long and paragraphs even longer. It makes fun of modern music, bureaucracy, mass media and PR, civil society and also of old-fashioned misfits.

It was initially hard for me to get to care about the story dealing the early miserable and unfortunate life of Hayri Irdal, but it gets considerably better when he meets Halit Ayarci, one of the best characters I'v
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Paul Fulcher
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The Time Regulation Institute illustrates well both the joys, and some of the frustrations, of reading translated literature.

The joy is in discovering such rich novels, unlike anything written in English, and which both inform the British reader on aspects of world cultures but also provide telling insights into our own.

Against that, this novel comes, by necessity, with an introduction to explain the historical context, a translator's foreword, an appendix with a descript
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Anurag Lamba
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The time regulation institute is so complex and deep that I don't think I will be able to write a comprehensive review how can i ? it's a turkish classic which takes you back in time.

This classic is a masterpiece.I will certainly never read something like this ever. It is complex because of the numerous subplots and simultaneous thoughts which were going in my head while reading it.

On one hand it deals with Phycology, social injustice, dark humor, mockery, culture and many more aspe
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Catalina
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-eastern
Reading The Time Regulation Institute was an almost cathartic experience: excruciating at times but relieving in the end, contributing to one's understanding of life's works. The novel portrays the absurdities of Turkish bureaucratic system and society, at large, from the perspective of the narrator, Hayri Irdal. The narrator, at the same time the main character seems to be the only one who perceives as absurd the manner in which things are done around him. Towards the end of the novel, it can b ...more
Tara
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The path to well-being springs from a sound understanding of time".
So it is unfortunate that I was reading this book to meet a deadline, and couldn't afford to indulge a more relaxed reading.
Knowing nothing of Turkish culture, I was unable to see the delicate nuances of this translated text. I'm sure there was some wordplay that I missed. However, I don't think that affected my overall enjoyment.
I often drew comparisons to Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, with their stor
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Behye D.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read a great Turkish novel i highly recommend this book as a perfect example of Turkish literature. Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar's observation skills are marvellous. You will have an understanding of Turkish culture and how it is stuck between the east and the west. A very funny and weird story which perfectly criticises the community.
As a native Turkish speaker i am only concerned about the translation. The author's style can be lost in translation so the readers should be very car
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Evin Ashley
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book. Some major kudos to the translators, who had to inhabit Tanpinar's mind in order to make the primarily contextual translations of Turkish. Given it a 5, as it's a perfect illustration of the culture of Istanbul; an eternal heartbeat between east and west, a constant flow of energy between the two; oxygenating all of humanity, from the illustrious to the inane.
Sorin Hadârcă
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, turkey
Genuinely kafkaesque and so crowded with characters as if in the middle of the Grand Bazaar. Has its flaws too but also glimpses of true genius.
Basak
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so funny and applicable to current situations
Conrad
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only good for boring yourself to sleep
Blue
What a rollicking crazy story!

Tanpinar published this novel (translated as The Time Regulation Institute) in 1961, and the story follows the life and adventures of a Hayri Irdal, who grew up in the pre-Ataturk Istanbul and lived through the modernization of the new republic. Never at home with modern ideas imposed on him by the likes of Dr. Ramiz (who is obsessed with pscyhoanalysis, and insists on trying to cure Hayri of his maladaptation to life by trying to incite him to dream the
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Timons Esaias
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me quite a while to finish this novel -- I kept having to put it aside to finish something else -- so I didn't get as much out of the experience as I could have. The book could also use a dramatis personae list, because the Turkish names don't remind you of family relationships, and so the names often failed to remind me fully of who the character was in relation to others. (Several folks get married and divorced, and then marry somebody else, so I really should have taken notes...if I h ...more
Utkusu
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it in Turkish. Turkish education system is so terrible is that my vague memory from high school "Turkish Lit" classes of the author was that AHT is an old school writer who writes romantic snooze-fest love stories, like Calikusu or something (well, maybe I am wrong about that too). This book's title suggests otherwise but it took me awhile to stumble upon it in my adult life. He is nothing of that sort. This book is a witty and insightful story of a man who goes through life during the tr ...more
Murtaza
A darkly comic novel about traditional Turkish society being forced into the labyrinth of bureaucratic modernity. I first heard about it after reading an excellent Pankaj Mishra review about it a few years ago, although this was a novel written a half century ago. The plot deals with a fictional organization called the Time Regulation Institute created by Republican Turkey to help synchronize all the clocks in the country, and to teach Turks how to live as modern people in the process. The main charac ...more
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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (23 June 1901 - 24 January 1962) was one of the most important modern novelists and essayists of Turkish literature. He was also a member of the Turkish parliament (the Grand National Assembly of Turkey) between 1942 and 1946.

Tanpınar was born in Istanbul on 23 June 1901. His father was a judge, Hüseyin Fikri Efendi. Hüseyin Fikri Efendi was Georgian from Maçahel. Tanpınar
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