The two are
identifiying each other and make a hand-in-hand cross country run of Pakistan
and together jump into the Indian Ocean.
is the last book of Yaşar Seyman I read, even before it went to the booksellers
There are two
heros, actually two metaphores in the book: The river Indus and Benazir... They
are united in such a way that as Indus flows, Benazir is flowing with it. Both
of them go to an eternity that is designed for themselves. One is the longest
river of Pakistan, the other is the first female prime minister of an islamic
country, one is flowing into the Umman Sea and to have its idendity change
while the other has a change of personality by the shredding of her body to
pieces and scattered to the sky.
Both of them are
still alive but we can not see neither the Indus in the Umman Sea nor Benazir
The book of
Yaşar Seyman “Benazir”, can be placed in the “Biografical Novel” category that
is very popular in the last years. But in the book, differing from the other
biografical novels, we see another , third hero who appears silently and with
humility: Yaşar Seyman.
This way, we see
an “epic” biografical novel that may be
one of the first of its kind. The already colorful life of Benazir Bhutto
changes into the blazonry of the Amazons because a didactic verbalism was not used and by the frequent
intervention of the writer to life (and certainly to the book). This is the
time, when we see the parallelism between The river Indus and Benazir...
From time to
time, Seyman tells about herself, identifying herself with Benazir, sometimes
she leaves Benazir alone and have her tell all and sometimes she uses pressure
on Benazir and interrogates her.
To tell about
another woman is one of the most difficult things for a woman. Feelings,
successes, sweetnesses, jealousy and female bad tempers get into the picture...
but here, Seyman as a great masterchief, pulls herself to a side and presents
Benazir to us, saying “that is The Woman”.
When you get the
book and go to the depths of the life of Benazir, suddenly you come
face-to-face with verses of Pir Sultan
Abdal “my friend, let the winter come and your ways are united”.
You turn the
pages to read about the execution of his father, Zülfikar Ali Bhutto, here
Benazir questions the ring on her finger. Suddenly you see a lot about the
executions of Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan, Hüseyin İnan...
You read a lot
of pages about the second man who had impressed her after her father and you
learn a lot about her love to Asıf Ali Zerdari, but Seyman does no stop here,
she tells about the ambition of Benazir for “horoscope” in a sharp criticism.
In the novel,
all three are in a run and they know where they are going. Both The river Indus
and Benazir run to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean... Yaşar Seyman follows
them. There is nothing she can do. She can neither stop Benazir, nor jump in
front of Indus. She is just an observer waiting to see what will happen. She
compares the people of Pakistan with the incidents going on in her country. She
questions what would happen if Benazir was in her country, between lines she
sincerely puts forth such a dream. But Seyman knows that very well, she is
writing a biography and she must adhere to the rules.
You can easily
feel from her lines: she wants Benazir to die in her own bed with peace... If
you are writing a biografical novel, even if you insert yourself, the Indus
River and your hero into the novel, you cannot change the destiny of all you
are writing about. So Seyman stands aside and watches them jump into the
eternity of the Indian Ocean hand-in-hand.
She cools the body of Benazir that was shredded to pieces by a bomb, in
the cool waters of River Indus. We see and understand this wish of Seyman in
the section “the echo of ocean in Benazir” that takes place by the end of the
about Benazir Bhutto, she identifies her with River Indus but in another way
she tells about “woman”. She questions the biggest problem of Turkey, the issue
of woman in the society using Benazir as a basis. She carries the chivalry of
the women to the minds of the people thru Benazir and tells about what a women
can achieve in the male dominant societies.
Since it is not
a didactik verbalism, you can see the complete puzzle as the sections are added
to each other. You get to know Ziya Ül-Hak but at the same time, the woman
issue in Pakistan is also questioned.
And Seyman asks
“WHEN WILL THE HOPES OF WOMEN NOMINEES TO RULE THE EAST BLOSSOM?”.
they will blossom..
Ahmet Mümtaz İdil / Oda TV
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