say so that, Oruç Aruoba
Metis Fiction
13 x 19.5 cm, 160 pp
ISBN No. 975-342-125-7

1st Print: December 1990
7th Print: April 2004
Oruç Aruoba
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About the Author
Oruç Aruoba was born in 1948. From 1973 onwards he taught at Hacettepe, Tübingen and Victoria-Wellington universities. In 1983 he left his academic career and settled in Istanbul to work on philosophical translations and his own writing. He has translated Hume, Nietzsche, Kant, Wittgenstein, Rilke, von Hentig, Celan and Basho among others. His own oeuvre of 15 books all published by Metis includes works of philosophy, poetry, and poetic texts.
Other Books from Metis
tümceler (sentences), 1990
yürüme (walking), 1992
hani (y’know), 1993
yakın (near), 1997
uzak (far), 1999
ile (with), 1999
Çengelköy Defteri (Çengelköy Notebook), 2001
olmayalı (since haven’t been), 2003
Doğançay’ın Çınarları (Plane Trees of Doğançay), 2004
Geç Gelen Ağıtlar (Belated Elegies), 2005
kesik esin/tiler (broken muses), 2005
ol/an, (be/ing) 2005
sayıklamalar, (delirious talk) 2005
benlik (self), 2005
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Oruç Aruoba’s works, especially say so that, have played a pivotal role in familiarizing the younger generations in Turkey with philosophy, by giving it new life outside the strict confines of the academy. With his mastery over poetic use of Turkish and as a follower of some of the major figures in Western philosophy, Aruoba has not only made their ideas accessible to a Turkish readership, but also, more universally, developed literary and textual formulations as to how philosophical ideas can find currency in everyday lives. Non-closure is one of the most distinct characteristics of his texts, his arguments have a constantly reflexive structure.
       say so that is part of the Walking Trilogy along with tümceler (sentences, 1990) and yürüme (walking, 1992). Now a classic, say so that is perhaps the best choice as an introduction to Oruç Aruoba’s world. Combining philosophical thought with the poetic word, his texts address universal paradoxes pertaining to human life.

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