‘SAFIR – Müjdelenen Zaman’ – First book of a series of three
written and presented by Kemal B. Caymaz at the Bedesten Nicosia
blue carpet, blue - the royal colour,
was rolled out to receive the guests to the ‘kingdom for an evening’ for
the presentation of a book – the first of a series of three – with the story of
a once-upon-time kingdom; a kingdom that started with peace and harmony among
all its living beings. The centre of the kingdom is St. Hillarion with Azazel
as their king and commander. The book is in Turkish, I sincerely hope that soon
it will also be available in English for others who have found their home here,
because how can you really know a country if not by its legends and the ghosts
of the past, fairies and djinns, their existence being created and passed on by
its population for centuries.
B. Caymaz has kindly produced a summary translated into English for me; here is
the introduction to give the reader an idea of what the stories are about.
“Good tidings it
came, good tidings!
Shepherd star is
The Messiah is
fairies are in a rush
The bad ones are
after the boy as well!
But the good
ones are not being idle.
If you buy this
book you shell read what will happen next…”
Once upon a
time; while the earth was still young, in a time when djinns, fairies and all
magical creatures were visible to mankind, god created a kingdom for mankind
and djinns to live in harmony in Alashia*. It was named Kingdom of The Shepherd
Star, because of the illuminating light that shone on from the Shepherd Star.
Azazel was the favorite angel of God’s. His clothes were covered with beautiful
stones and Lefkara embroideries. He had blue hair made of flame and an
extraordinary beauty. He began to live in that jasmine scented kingdom that was
illuminated by the Shepherd Star. He became the commander and prince of the
kingdom. He got married. He had a pretty wife and a daughter. He achieved all
the beauties that life offers. However because of his own beauty he was filled
with arrogance day after day. Time passing by Azazel, couldn’t settle for this
kingdom that was given to him.
Ancient name of Cyprus.
atmosphere of the BEDESTEN is well suited to feel the presence of times gone
by, with the statues in the background telling of the island’s beginnings, and
it is always with a sort of respect that visitors enter the wide hall under the
high roof. The paintings that illustrate the first book, the characters that
live between the pages, are displayed along the walls. Kemal, the young author,
signs his first book and you can see his humble pride and satisfaction in his
eyes. So are his parents, his mom radiant with happiness.
the occasion of our interview of some years ago, he mentioned that his thoughts
were centering around the creation of this book. Altogether until today it has
taken him ten years. Well done, my young friend and if you take care you will
go far. This is only the beginning.
from the interview.....
Kemal told me: “With “Once upon
a time” all fairy tales commence and in-spite of all modernity today’s people
are willing to be led into a world of fantasy, I believe and it is my aim to
reach the child within people, to open their imagination and to leave aside the
real world with all its depressions created by daily routines, communal and
national problems and issues, with other words, give them some hope and
Kemal still has
this innocence, he has created for himself a different world and he wants to share
it. He has begun to write a book which he wants to illustrate. It is a fantasy
book about events happening in St. Hilarion, about a prince, the son of a God,
and a shepherd from another star. “The
idea has been developing many years ago and it is now ripe to be finished and
the link to the complete interview.
is the innocence of this young man that is striking, innocence meaning openness
in order to receive and interpret...and finally understand. One can also see
this in his paintings of childhood, he
interprets its world and the growing up with great sensitivity; the paintings
are shown in the link above.
wish Kemal to stay on his road he has begun, he does not need wishes of good
luck, he knows that he has to work for it, and the discipline he has.
exhibition is open for only two days. The book can be obtained from all Deniz
Plaza offices, Rüstem Bookstore and Işık Bookstore.