Visiting Sait Faik
SAİT FAİK ABASIYANIK IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE TURKISH SHORT STORY. AND THE MUSEUM NAMED FOR HIM, WHERE BOTH HIS PERSONAL AND HIS LITERARY LIFE ARE COLLECTED UNDER A SINGLE ROOF, HAS RECENTLY REOPENED.
Moved by a matinee he attended at the Ottoman School for Orphans (Darüşşafaka) in 1954 and by the children who lived there, Sait Faik decided to leave his entire estate to the institution. Upon the death of the writer, who in his stories often wrote of workingmen, the poor, and homeless children and orphans, his mother, Makbule Hanım, donated the major part of his material assets as well as the copyrights to his works and his home on Burgazada to the Darüşşafaka Society on the condition that the house be converted into a museum. Maintenance and repair of the museum, which opened in 1959, were undertaken by the Darüşşafaka in 1964. On May 11 of this year, the Society reopened the museum, which it has restored in keeping with the house’s original appearance. This museum, which takes visitors on a journey into the writerly and spiritual world of Sait Faik, houses numerous priceless articles such as photographs, letters, original manuscripts and personal effects that bear testimony to the writer’s life.
A SYMBOL OF LOYALTY
Darüşşafaka Society President Talha Çamaş describes the pride he takes in being a partner in this museum, which is so important for Turkish literature and the Turkish people: “We are taking this priceless heritage, for which we assumed responsibility in 1964, into the future. Not only is the Darüşşafaka with its 150-year history a model for sustainable institutions in Turkey, the Sait Faik Abasıyanık Museum is also a fine example of the sustainability of loyalty. It gives us additional pleasure to bring the museum to new visitors in this special year when we celebrate our 150th anniversary. I wish the museum many happy returns and hope that it will illumine the future and be a model of its kind.”
THE SAİT FAİK AWARD
The Darüşşafaka Society has been presenting the “Sait Faik Short Story Award”, one of the most prestigious awards in our literary history, to a short story writer every year since 1964.