The Loneliness That Killed Sabahattin Ali | Sezer Ozseven

Let’s say at the beginning what we will say at the end: It wasn’t Ali Ertekin or MIT who killed Sabahattin Ali, but loneliness and disorganization.

April 2nd was the anniversary of our loss of Sabahattin Ali. Many words were spoken behind Sabahattin Ali but no one expressed this truth behind his death.

After death, we don’t feel like badmouthing, especially when that person is someone we love. However, the facts must be exposed in all their nakedness lest we lose such great writers again.


When we look at his works and life, we come across two Sabahattin Alis.

Someone; Sabahattin Ali narrates the plight of the peasant, the worker and the lover who always keeps his hope alive, whose socialist realism culminated in Değirmen, Kağnı, Sırça Köşk and Kuyucaklı Yusuf.

One of; Sabahattin Ali is hopeless, pessimistic, seeks individual exits and, like Yusuf, falls into wells in these corridors.


“Cities are a trap for me.

Human chats are forbidden

stay away from me

My home are the mountains”

The mountain motif takes place in folk poetry mostly with its majesty and majesty. The poet burns poetry in the mountains to capitalize on his greatness. The lover kidnaps his beloved to the mountain to hide in his majesty. The epics of Köroğlu, Dadaloğlu and Karacaoğlan echo in the mountains.

For Sabahattin Ali, however, the mountain is a place to escape human conversation. What majesty, what majesty of the mountains. The mountain has become a satisfying solitude for him.


“The stranger lying next to me

Every word is bitter like poison

The strongest of all problems

days don’t pass”


“It didn’t help me

Every day is another poison

Iron in Mapushanes

I clung to the bars.”

Prison has been a common target for revolutionaries throughout history. For some, imprisonment is a service to the country, for others it is “poison”. Nazım Hikmet is perhaps the one who walks the most in prison among our poets. He describes his prison time as follows:

“I was in prison for nine years

And that is patriotic service.

How long it will take

Not sure”

Jail is also a due process for those who go to jail for their case. However, Sabahattin Ali, who “wanted to stay away from human conversation”, spoke about his days in prison in the venomous words of the stranger next to him.

The traditional end of the disorganized intellectual

The characters he created in Madonna in a Fur Coat and The Devil Inside also bear traces of these examples. These few examples also contain the signs of our loss of Sabahattin Ali.

Sabahattin Ali’s stories, which with all their realism convey the lower classes of society, and his political articles in various magazines drove him into hopeless loneliness because he could not connect with an organization.

Everyone and everything is judged on their own terms. However, Ali’s roles in disorganized solitude is a situation that cannot be explained in terms of his own reality and concrete situation. While his contemporaries struggled with many legal or illegal activities of organizations and parties, Sabahattin Ali’s stay away from them can be explained by his own decision.

In the end, while attempting to flee to Europe due to the ongoing proceedings against him, Sabahattin Ali was brutally killed by a retired officer named Ali Ertekin, whose head was crushed with a rock.

However, it was not the retired officer who killed Sabahattin Ali, but rather his loneliness and disorganization that ultimately prompted him to flee to Europe.

In order not to lose our revolutionary intellectuals in similar crises, it is necessary to understand Sabahattin Ali along with this reality.

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