Sunday's Zaman - Orhan Kemal Museum - 19 July 2009


Orhan Kemal Museum

Orhan Kemal Museum: The 20th-century Turkish author Orhan Kemal's book “The Idle Years” has just been republished in English, so now might be a good time to drop in on the museum in Akarsu Yokuşu in Cihangir, which comes attached to a replica of the İkbal Kahvesi, once a popular literary hangout in Nuruosmaniye near the Kapalı Çarşı that has since been torn down. It contains a complete set of first editions of his books and a mock-up of the room in which he used to work as well as some interesting photographs of Kemal with other literary greats, including Nazım Hikmet, with whom he spent time in prison in Bursa. Admission free. Open whenever the İkbal's doors are.