Alone Stations of the Country

Compiled by Kemal Varol, the book "Homeland Garları" takes us on a sometimes joyous and sometimes sad journey between the stations.
In the television series adapted from the novel Yaprak Dökümü by Reşat Nuri Güntekin, the family had bought a train ticket to Trabzon from Haydarpaşa station, where they were watching the city from the stairs, to take their breath away after all the disasters and the death of the family's father Ali Rıza Bey. There was no railway in Trabzon. It still does not exist. Since I couldn't get out of Trabzon until I won the university, I had to travel to Izmir to meet the trains and even the stations. Finally, when I was sent to Izmir, I had the chance to see the trains and stations. I've already crossed paths with trains twice in my life. It was a trip in one of them, for the first and last time I took the train from Basmane station and went to Selçuk, to reach Şirince. The other is that I was a journalist at Ankara station to find out what the Minister of Transport would say after the high-speed train accident. But I always liked the stations, although I didn't travel, at least I was going to take pictures.

After reading Kemal Varol's book "Homeland Terminals", I felt that I should spend more time on train travels from now on. Because there are very beautiful life stories in train journeys and stations. The stations still maintain their importance as breathing spaces where some people only come and pass but where the road is necessarily dropped. In the compilation, we have the chance to visit the main and intermediate stations of the country from the hands of valuable writers and witness what happened, based on the memories and observations of the authors.

This valuable work opens with two articles by Yonca Kösebay Erkan. Erkan, Turkey's and Europe's best-known to us and Haydarpasa and Sirkeci train station, the establishment of the elderly, said in the beginning, it paints a portrait of destruction and the present situation. The subject of another article is Hadımköy station. Both articles are accompanied by black and white photographs, maps and drawings of stations. Afterwards, we read anecdotes from Orhan Berent under the title of "Railway and Child" from Izmir's Alsancak and Basmane stations, the Levantines, and Berent's train journeys with his father.

Ahmet Büke, one of the masters of our literature, skillfully explains the “Other station” as if to live one-to-one, while Haydar Ergülen, a master poet whose heart has always remained in Eskişehir, takes us on his journey to Eskişehir station with his observations and views on the city.
From the capital to Anatolia ...

While Mehmet Aycı elaborates on how the Ankara station was built, 80 percent of them waiting at the gate of the station send greetings to the taxi drivers from Hayman. After arriving from the capital to the Taurus Mountains, Ulukışla, Pozantı and Karkamış with poems, with his friend named “Oso” and with Mustafa Uçar in a Mediterranean style, the conductor turns the direction to the Black Sea, Samsun.

How lucky Samsun is for a train chat. Sıddık Akbayır describes not only Samsun station but also the famous passengers of that station. Avni Dilligil, Yeşilçam workers such as Aliye Rona and Talat Bulut, whom I learned that Dilligil is the sister of Dilligil; three divans of the poem İlhan Berk, Turgut Uyar and Hilmi Yavuz, and Orhan Gencebay, Yıldıray Çınar and Ferhan Şensoy; then left Çaltı newspaper… The story is abundant in Samsun station. Behçet Çelik, whose route goes back to the Mediterranean, Adana, draws attention to the story of this station with his original food narration.
Garages in Eastern Anatolia

Feridun Andaç, another master of our literature, sets up the story with an enthusiastic text that will move the trains from Erzurum, while Erdoğan Yener, who is impatient to take us to İskenderun from the lower left corner, gives a voice this time.

I guess nobody else but Şeyhmus Diken, who lives his life like Diyarbekir, could have been so skillful about telling about the "station" in Diyarbakir. As our train journey continues towards the east, we are now approaching the border. Adnan Özer takes us towards Batman, reminding that the town stations are a hive of memory.

The Kurtalan station, which is famous for the Kurtalan Express group of Barış Manço, is the end of our journey. Enver Sezgin is downloading us at Kurtalan. The stations where we can witness all kinds of events and human views of the country starting from Istanbul and ending in Kurtalan are waiting for us. After reading this book, we should have no doubt that we will treat them like our eyes.

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