Monday, November 19, 2007

The Name; Istanbul!

Some of you know, that I am writing a book about Turkey, wrong...Istanbul.
Since I have some kind of Sabbatical year, plenty of time left to evaluate my life in Turkey. As Metin said: 'Hans, I leave you in your misery". At least he understands what misery means in Turkey'...) Not for foreigners only but for Turks as well..
The book is fiction/non-fiction based upon true events I encountered in several cities. All the bad things happens in Istanbul of course, and all the beautiful events in La Spezia, Miami, NYC, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Prague..) Ha, just kidding. It will be a whirlpool full of ideas and events which maybe happen, will happen, or never will happen. It's not a book a la: 'Istanbul My Love', but more 'Istanbul: city of nightmares and dreams'. Tittle, that will be a decision between me and the publisher.
I, for sure will write quicker than our friend Erkan, but his writings are scientifically, mine: nonsense...with a touch of daily life...
Will keep you updated.

11 comments:

Tufan said...

More than happy to read your experiences.
Cheers

William Hermansen Lien said...

Someone must hurt you really badly...
What I see here is that people with different opinions try to step upon that bridge to understand each other: nothing more or less.
I know that you are hurt, as you refuse to refer to a certain post.
But, we learned in our lives one thing: judge people upon what they really doing in life, not what they are saying or writing.
Cheers my friend.

Metin said...

Hans,

I thought Pamuk (my favorite Nobel winner), wrote the book, 'Istanbul' . . .

Maybe you should name the book, 'Istanbul - Fact or Fiction? The ramblings of a lost soul as told by the greatest Dutch storyteller' . . .

And don't forget to send me the royalty check.

:)

Good Luck! Can't wait for the book to come out. I need a signed copy!

Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

Metin, you know that I am a fan of Elif Sakak, Pamuk comes third, after my friend Nurduran Duman, you can find her poems on this blog.
My book? Of course you get a signed one, do you need a picture of me as well..)

Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

William. Metin keeps me sharp..))

Ardent said...

I look forward to purchasing and reading your book. But I demand an autographed copy! So keep focused and keep writing.

Cheers

Geert Jan Keutelaer said...

Hansieee!
Me too, a signed book!
Metin, that plaza on your blog, is that your neighbor? If so, then I want to bid. And we can talk endless about dollar-euro rates..0)

Dimitris said...

I am joining the other beggars, for me also a signed example..)

erkan said...

i want a signed copy, too. well, mine will be scientific nonsense...

Bertus Pieters said...

Looking forward to reading it, Hans!
By the way, will there be a Turkish translation as well? If so, I hope it won’t become the sorry story of the censored translation of Geert Mak’s ‘De Brug’….

Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

Bertus, I am talking with a publisher in London. I write it in English, not in Turkish. Too many crazy 'sensitive always insulted' people here..)) Publıished in UK and The Netherlands
Erkan you get one if I get your thesis..))