Ucgen (Triangle) is a collection of fifty essays, all but one originally published in the bimonthly art magazine Milliyet Sanat Dergisi, one of Turkey's prime periodicals in the cultural and literary field. These short essays - each one scarcely longer than four pages - on cultural theory, social issues, literature (in Europe, Turkey, and Cyprus), the various arts, and related topics reveal an intellect that is sensitive and incisive. The titular "triangle" is, in fact, "the Western world, Turkey, and Cyprus," analyzed and often criticized by Yalcin. He is especially effective when he examines cultural metamorphosis. His approach is impressionistic. He seldom stumbles into judgmental pitfalls.
In all of these quintessential essays a luminous intellect is at work - always gracious even when forceful statements are made. Fairness and equilibrium prevail. Nevzat Yalcin is at once penetrating and constructive. His style is enchanting. Very few Turkish essayists of his generation possess his command of the Turkish language. He is a joy to read, possessed of a rich vocabulary, vivid rhythms, grace, and sensuousness.
Talat Sait Halman New York