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Children's story that sheds light on cross-cultural relationships
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1.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 18 Nov 2007 Sun 02:39 pm

Aziz Nesin's short story The Dance of the Eagle and the Fish is about the love between two different creatures.

Although probably not meant as such, it is an allegory of a cross-cultural relationship.

As the relationship develops the two lovers are fascinated by their opposites.

"The two entranced creatures danced, one above, one below, until darkness came and they returned to their homes in the sky and the sea."

"'Beautiful Balık,' called Kartal lovingly, showering the seas where she danced with the loveliest of mountain flowers. 'Come and live with me, I need you.'"

"'Beautiful Kartal,' Balık called back, showering the air where he danced with the loveliest of sea flowers. 'Live here with me, this is where I belong.'"

Click here to read my review

2.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 18 Nov 2007 Sun 02:51 pm

Aziz Nesin I am sure you know about his Foundation for children located in or outside Istanbul
http://www.nesinvakfi.org/egitim.php

3.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 18 Nov 2007 Sun 02:55 pm

Quoting Roswitha:

Aziz Nesin I am sure you know about his Foundation for children located in or outside Istanbul
http://www.nesinvakfi.org/egitim.php



Yes, I mention it in the review. They do great work, housing and educating kids who are orphans. PLUS the proceeds of this English book go to help support the Vakıf's work.

4.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 18 Nov 2007 Sun 02:57 pm

I truly loved your article! Like a breath of fresh air! Congratulatins to you, Marion. Again Bravissimo!

5.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 18 Nov 2007 Sun 03:47 pm

Nesin Foundation:http://www.nesinvakfi.org/eng/taahhut.html

6.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 18 Nov 2007 Sun 03:50 pm

Çiftlik - Nesin - www.nesinvakfi.org/projeler.php

7.       Badiabdancer74
382 posts
 19 Nov 2007 Mon 08:44 pm

The only problem with this as a metaphor...Eagles EAT fish! "Askim Benim I love you my darling says the fish" Eagle says, "MUUAHHHAHAA now I have you in my talons I'm going to eat you! "

8.       Badiabdancer74
382 posts
 19 Nov 2007 Mon 08:50 pm

Very nice review, I'm coming to buy some when I am in Istanbul...probably in January!

9.       peacetrain
1905 posts
 28 Nov 2007 Wed 12:47 am


Does anyone know if this foundation or any other) welcome volunteer workers during the summer? I will be coming for 4 weeks in July/August.

Many thanks.

10.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 28 Nov 2007 Wed 12:53 am

He was another Turkish communist of universal reputation...He was not fameous for his communism - but for the might of his pen, his sense of humor and his humanity.

Guess what(who) haunted him all his life?

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