20 names from 20 different places

Remzi Gökdağ’s fourth book Duraklar (Destinations) will be released on March 12, 2019. Published by E Yayinlari, the book offers colorful impressions of 20 names from 20 different places. Twenty stories explore the connections between past and today. Real events and people blends with culture, politics and history. The author follows the traces of historical figures and invites the reader to journeys between reality and dream in his timeless and mysterious journeys.

Inspiration can come from many things; a person, object, or a 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? Duraklar is a collection of stories that explores how a person’s physical path affects the city.


A Journey On The Edge Of Dream And Reality

The book takes readers to Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles, Marlene Dietrich’s Berlin, Oppenheimer’s Los Alamos, Hemingway’s Pamplona, streets of Prague, Bilbao, Palermo. Mark Twain, Rembrandt, Albert Einstein, Jack Kerouac, Jimi Hendrix, Geronimo are some of our travelling companions.

From the fascinating slopes of the European Alps to the vast deserts of Arizona, from the crowded sidewalks of Paris to the narrow streets of Palermo, twenty stories in the book tell also brief history of twenty cities. Some sad, some cheerful stories blend with cultures, politics and passion for travel.

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.

Whether you are a fan of traveling, literature or history, Duraklar will satisfy your wanderlust and your thirst for knowledge with descriptions and brief information about great personalities. Instead of talking solely of Zurich’s train station, the author describes the location in a unique context that reveals Lenin’s journey to that changed the world. In a walking tour through Berlin, the author tells interesting tale about Marlene Dietrich’s life. From the “dangerous, dirty and seductive” streets of Palermo to the streets of San Francisco, Duraklar takes a fresh approach to travel. The selected famous names are an eclectic mix from USA and Europe. The 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 these places. You will discover a variety of different lands and their histories; take a journey through the writers, artists, photographers and so many others.

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.

Marco Polo
Charles Bukowski
Los Angeles
Marlene Dietrich
Ernest Hemingway
Robert Doisneau
Milan Kundera
Jack Kerouac
San Francisco


Mark Twain
Kit Carson
Los Alamos
J.K. Rowling
Jimi Hendrix
Frank Gehry
Albert Einstein
Walter Scott
Death Valley
Johanna Spyri

Imagination is the first rule of discovery

Imagination is the first rule of discovery, and then comes the curiosity. I knew that I needed to get along with these two on my trips, so I opted out of tourist routes and got lost. I often traveled without knowing where I was going. I always believe in mysterious coincidences, tried to fade in the magical air of the journeys and shared their secrets.

Although our resources are limited, our dreams are endless. We can create our own mysterious cities. We can decorate the spaces that seem ordinary with the stories of those who lived there. When we achieve this, we can hear the whispers of the shadows. At every step we take, we can come across forgotten traces of the past.”

Remzi Gokdag