DURAKLAR

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  • YOL NOTLARI
  • YAŞAM HİKAYELERİ
  • REMZİ GÖKDAĞ

If you love traveling, know how to explore; you will find yourself in Duraklar. If you’ve been at these places, you will refresh your memories, and if not, you will prepare for a fantastic journey.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Journeys between reality and dream

Twenty different cities…

Twenty legendary names…

Their memorable traces remaining today…

And the mysterious stories hidden in the depths of the past…

DURAKLAR BY REMZİ GOKDAG

Journalist, writer Remzi Gökdağ‘s fourth book Duraklar took its place on the shelfs. The book, published by E Publications, offers colorful impressions of journeys to different cities of the world. If you like to travel and discover new places, you will enjoy reading the book. The author compiled his travel notes which were published on newspapers and magazines. He follows the traces of historical figures and invites the reader to journeys between reality and dream. Every story in this book blends with culture, politics and travel passion.

20 STORIES

Duraklar is a collection of stories that explores how the physical path a person takes affects the city

Remzi Gökdağ, the writer of the Sevgili Istanbul (Dear Istanbul), now visits different cities of the world, talks with towns, hears the shadows he meets in the streets and opens the doors of his imagination. Traveling between reality and dream takes the reader to different places. From the fascinating slopes of the Alps to the vast deserts of the Wild West, from the crowded sidewalks of Paris to the narrow streets of Palermo, twenty stories in the book tell also the past of twenty cities. Some sad, some cheerful stories blend culture, politics and history with passion for travel.

A writer’s inspiration can come from many things; a person, object, or even a particular location. A special place can sink into your bones, color your thoughts, and leak from your pen. Some places are as closely associated with a person as to be inseparable. Say “Rembrandt” and you immediately think of Amsterdam. How a city would has changed if Hemingway never lived in Pamplona, Spain? Duraklar is a collection of stories that explores how a person’s physical path affects the city.

The stories in Duraklar explore distance in all its forms: the emotional spaces and the gaps that emerge between who we were and who we are, the gulf between our private and public selves. The stories are stand-alone pieces where the tight focus on the author’s journeys give way to closely observed accounts of the lives of others.

Whether you are a fan of traveling, literature or history, Duraklar will satisfy your wanderlust and your thirst for knowledge with descriptions and biographical information about Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Geronimo, Frank Gehry and other great personalities. Instead of talking solely of a bland and boring Zurich’s train station, Duraklar describes the location in a unique context that reveals Lenin’s journey that changed the world. In a walking tour to trace Marlene Dietrich’s route through Berlin, the author tells interesting tale about her life and the city where she was born. From the “dangerous, dirty and seductive” streets of Palermo to the streets of San Francisco to see some Jack Kerouac’s landmarks, Duraklar takes a fresh approach to travel. The selected famous names are an eclectic mix from America and Europe.

CITIES & PEOPLE

CENOVA – MARCO POLO

AMSTERDAM – REMBRANDT

LOS ANGELES – CHARLES BUKOWSKI

BERLIN – MARLENE DIETRICH

PAMPLONA – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

PARIS – ROBERT DOISNEAU

PRAG – MILAN KUNDERA

ZÜRIH – LENIN

SAN FRANCISCO – JACK KEROUAC

PALERMO – GIUSEPPE DI LAMPEDUSA

LUZERN – MARK TWAIN

TAOS – KIT CARSON

LOS ALAMOS – OPPENHEIMER

PORTO – J.K. ROWLING

MONTEREY – JIMI HENDRIX

BILBAO – FRANK GEHRY

BERN – ALBERT EINSTEIN

DEATH VALLEY – WALTER SCOTT

MAINFELD – JOHANNA SPYRI

ARIZONA – GERONIMO

You will remember once again the memorable footprints of the people. You will see sections of your own life in the pages and explore the places you wonder.

Excerpt from Duraklar

Lenin’s Zurich

“At three o’clock on April 9, 1917 a small group of people arrived at the Zurich Train Station. They were all thirty-two, including women and children. They have completed all preparations for a long journey, but the worries of their faces were easily recognizable. Everyone was aware of the importance of this trip, but no one knew yet the train would soon change the fate of the world. Only one person’s name from this group would be remembered in the future. That name vas Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, also known as Lenin.”


Hemingway’s Spain

“In the Café Iruna, where characters Jake Barnes, Robert Cohn, Bill Gorton, Lady Brett Ashley, and Michael Campbell go to have a morning coffee, they’ve dedicated a whole corner of the restaurant to the author. It’s called “El Rincon de Hemingway,” and at the bar stands a life-sized full-body statue of him and several old black and white photos from his many visits to the city are hung around the walls. Then there is the Gran Hotel La Perla where he stayed here on most of his visits, becoming so much a part of its fabric that the room preserved in his name.”


Marlene Dietrich’s Berlin

“A movie scene I watched, a melody I listened to, or scent I smelled reminds me the cities I visited. I dream away when I think about the past. When the faded stories of the past revive I find myself on the stage of history. I walk through in the midst of throne-battles, wars, and love stories. In front of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, I came across one of those moments. I have traveled back to Berlin’s past. Marlene Dietrich accompanied me on this trip because Belin’s place was very special in her life.”

These stories can make us travelers instead of tourists. The book is for the avid readers who can travel by simply turning a page. Turn these pages, and they will take you around the world.

20 PEOPLE 20 PLACES

Apart from the touristic routes known to everyone, the book tells the real history of life, the historical connections of places with people, and the moments that change the fate of the cities. The short, curious and exciting impressions will make you think twice when you travel to these places.

If you love traveling, know how to explore; you will find yourself in Duraklar. If you’ve been at these places, you will refresh your memories, and if not, you will prepare for a fantastic journey. You will remember once again the memorable footprints of the people. You will see sections of your own life in the pages and explore the places you wonder.

These stories can make us travelers instead of tourists. The book is for the avid readers who can travel by simply turning a page. Turn these pages, and they will take you around the world.

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EXPLORE THE WORLD

Twenty short and well-presented stories give a different perspective on the location as well as the person who had lived there. While offering an alternative to travel through written accounts of cities abroad, Duraklar definitely inspires readers to explore the world. You will discover a variety of different lands and their histories; take a journey through the writers, artists, photographers and so many others.