Sait Faik Abasıyanık

Sait Faik Abasıyanık (1906-1954) is one of the major short story writers in Turkish literature in the 20th century.  He first enrolled in the Turcology Department of Istanbul University in 1928 and then went to Switzerland to study economics in 1930. He lived in France from 1931 to 1935. He published his first collection of short stories, Semaver, in 1936. Until his death, he published a total of 11 short story collections, two novels and one poetry collection. He wrote stories of ordinary people in a minimalist style. One of his most favorite themes was the sea and fishermen. He spent his later years on Burgazada off the coast of Istanbul and used island life as a backdrop to his fiction and poetry.