The Time Regulation Institute

The Time Regulation Institute


'Just as she was being lowered into the earth - following the late afternoon call to prayer - my aunt sprang briskly back to life'

In this fictional memoir of Hayri Irdal - troublesome boy, workshy man and feckless husband - life is examined in all its double-crossing, chaotic, disastrous glory. From his youth, dismantling timepieces while his family fell apart, to his later years at the scandal-hit Time Regulation Institute, Hayri's absurdist misadventures play out as a brilliant allegory of the collision between East and West, tradition and modernity.


  • Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar is undoubtedly the most remarkable author in modern Turkish literature. With The Time Regulation Institute, this great writer has created an allegorical masterpiece, which makes Turkey's attempts to westernize and its delayed modernity understandable in all its human ramifications
    Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar

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