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Nezihe Araz: Dertli Dolap, Yunus Emre'nin Hayat Hikâyesi

Nezihe Araz (1924-2009) was a Turkish writer, journalist, and translator. She wrote novels, short stories, essays, and biographies. One of her most notable works is Dertli Dolap, a biographical novel about the life and poetry of Yunus Emre, a 13th century Turkish mystic and poet.

Yunus Emre (d. 1320?) is considered one of the most influential figures in Turkish literature and culture. He is widely regarded as the founder of Turkish folk poetry and the representative of Anatolian Sufism. His poems express his love for God, humanity, and nature in a simple and sincere language. He is also known for his role in the spread of Islam and Turkish language among the Turkic tribes in Anatolia.


Dertli Dolap, which means "The Sorrowful Turntable" or "The Troubled Wheel", is a metaphor for Yunus Emre's life journey. The novel follows his spiritual quest from his childhood to his old age, depicting his encounters with various historical figures, such as Mevlana Rumi, Hacı Bektaş Veli, and Mongol rulers. The novel also incorporates many of Yunus Emre's poems into the narrative, showing how they reflect his inner feelings and experiences.

The novel was first published in 1961 by Fatiş Yayinevi in Istanbul. It received critical acclaim and won several literary awards, such as the Turkish Language Association Novel Award and the Sedat Simavi Literature Award. It has been translated into several languages, including English, French, German, Arabic, Persian, and Urdu. It is considered one of the best examples of Turkish biographical fiction and one of the most comprehensive sources on Yunus Emre's life and poetry.

If you are interested in learning more about Nezihe Araz and her novel Dertli Dolap, you can visit the following links:

  • [Open Library]: A page with information about the novel and its editions.

  • [CEEOL]: An article by Mehmet Akif Köse that analyzes the novel from a literary perspective.

  • [Trello]: A card with a link to download the PDF version of the novel.


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