The World in Quiet Gardens – Book Art News

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Çiğdem Aldatmaz, who tells stories about the outskirts of the city, the life of the people on the coast, the transformation process of the city and the deep-seated emotions, introduces us to extremely interesting characters this time in her third story. I’m in the Silent Gardens’. In the book there are the stories that will accompany you, with the manufacturer Rüstem who in his past buried an elephant, a pair of lonely shoes in the Uçar district, a man who refuses to live in the cemetery, the grave maker Halil, Aylin who couldn’t get out of the tunnels of the past even if he escaped to the other end of the world, the possibility of catching a bullet in mid-air and many other characters.

The stories are extremely fluid and draw the reader into their world the first time. Written in an extremely simple, fluent language that addresses people’s inner world, the book consists of 96 pages and eleven stories.
The stories take place in a quiet garden, on an airplane seat, in a funeral home, in a cemetery and in remote areas. So all the rooms are quiet, but their characters scream for life and existence.
The book begins with the story of the character Fabric Man Rüstem. Burying the Elephant is a revenge game about two people meeting, old friend and old foe, years later. With “Lilac Storm” it focuses on the inner world of a man who, for whatever reason, settles in the graveyard and refuses to leave. In the story A Strange Burn Mark, a girl who has lost her father searches for what is left of her and looks at the world after death from a different perspective. “I Exist in the Silent Gardens”, the story of a pair of lonely shoes in a neighborhood called Airplane, gives the book its name and offers an observational read of the difficulties of surviving after being lost in today’s reality.

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The stories usually focus on the death and life of the bereaved. Flowing, profound narratives that touch on the possibilities of staying spiritually alive in the age of epidemics and catastrophes come together in the book. The cover of the book features a work by İsmet Dogan.

FROM THE BOOK…
This time I’m drawn to the garden. I move forward and touch the plants I’ve never seen, whose names I don’t know, whose color, water and texture I don’t know. I’ve never touched anything or anyone I love like this before. Names are whispered in my ear. The wind penetrates me. I’m not cold. There is a power that erases all evil that hits me. I give up. The power that will save them all in my past and carry on is tearing apart under my skin. I don’t even wonder why I couldn’t calm down like that before. Then comes the real rest. When I open my eyes I know the garden will go away. It happens. It turns out that silence wasn’t what I’ve experienced in a long time. Silence was the feeling you experienced as the claw gnawed at your soul and took your hand away. Now I know. I throw my shoes off my feet. I do not need you anymore. For I am in the silent gardens.

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About Çiğdem Aldatmaz…
He was born in Istanbul. Graduated from Trakya University Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management. During this time she attended a photography course and completed internships as a reporter. He has worked at all levels of publishing in many major publishing houses. texts; He has been published in magazines such as Notos, Varlık, Can Öyku Newspaper, Spite, Özgür Edebiyat, Son İstasyon, Berfin Bahar and İzafi. A New Woman in the Mirror (2010) is her first published book of short stories, and Elli Words (2013) is her first published biography. Yusuf Atılgan (2017) Biography for Young People was published by Alakarga Publications. Her first novel was published in Nakkaşın Sırrı Portakal Kitap. He also compiled The Secret Life of Authors. His writing has appeared in books such as Being a Child in the Eighties, Bozcaada Stories and the Book of the Nineties, and Love Stories. He is the lyricist of the documentary “On the Traces of the Past” broadcast on Habertürk. He is the founder of Amorf Kitap, as well as in-depth editing and copywriting work.

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I AM IN THE QUIET GARDENS
Cigdem does not cheat
Amorphous Book, 2022
323 pages

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