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

Tanvir Wasti S.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, vol.56, no.6, pp.826-838, 2020 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00263206.2020.1772239
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Geobase, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Jewish Studies Source, Linguistic Bibliography, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.826-838
  • Keywords: Abdulhak Sinasi Hisar, Turkish Masters of Prose Style, Twentieth Century Turkish Novelists, Istanbul in Literature, 19th Century Ottoman Westernization, Ahmed Hasim, Yahya Kemal
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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.