OSMAN CİHANGİR’S NARRATION IS THE TYPE THAT EVERY KIND OF READER FINDS SOMETHING FAMILIAR IN IT.
We Will Never Go Crazy Enough (2015, İz Publishing) is the first storybook by Osman Cihangir, born in 1984. There are thirteen stories in it.
We notice an introvert narration dominates especially the first storybooks written by those who were born in the 1980s. This is taken to uncertainty, dullness, and suffocation sometime. The worst is the introvert stories boil down to one character and exceeding personal thoughts and emotions. Sometimes, this might cause reader to think ‘who cares about those’ and become alienated from the book. Maybe, Osman Cihangir was aware of such danger, because his narration that uses different techniques to have the story gain a new dimension is the type that every kind of reader finds something familiar in it, although he tells the story of a character that is very busy with himself. The success of We Will Never Go Crazy Enough is hidden right here. In other words, the narration of Osman Cihangir goes through transformations just as his characters that go through transformations along with the stories.
How does Osman Cihangir do this? The character deals with himself, but he does this through symbolizing his disorder. The ‘symbol’ in “The Man Inside” is a man with big feet who usually tries to get in children and forces the person that he possesses not to work because he does not like to work. The symbol is remorse in “The Dream of a Wishful Thinker.” It is flame in “Until When Are You Going To Continue To Live Like This?” It is ‘the transformation into a dragon’ in “Aimless Flights.” In short, the character deals with a matter that bothers him. We run into symbolization, in other words embodying, in all stories in the book.
This method makes the storyteller’s job easier. It saves him from fighting with an uncertainty. It also provides readers to imagine the events of the book easily.
This is valid for not only his characters that are so busy dealing with themselves, but also valid for the characters that experience troubles with others, for instance with their fathers, wives, friends, or brothers. As our storyteller treats a character’s relation with others, he uses symbolizations. For example, Osman, the protagonist of the “Bone Intricacy,” turns into a skeleton at nights. That is why he works at the cemetery as a night watch. He uses his peculiarity to scare a group that drinks at the cemetery. The drunk guys tell others what happened. Thus, Osman II. comes to the cemetery because he also turns into a skeleton at nights. The connecting element here is an abnormality such as turning into a skeleton at nights. The characters in We Will Never Go Crazy Enough get along very well generally because of such abnormalities. What brings them together is what the others do not possess. However, the actual subject of “Bone Intricacy” is a bachelor house. Osman Cihangir embodies, sizes, or deepens bachelorhood with turning into a skeleton at dark.
We Will Never Go Crazy Enough is a successful debut. It has a powerful impact that makes one wonders what the storyteller will publish next.
The Library of the Author
-The Girl with the Golden Eye, Honore de Balzac, İletişim Publishing
-Nurettin Topçu’s Letters with Memories from Anatolia, Orhan Okay, Cümle Publishing
-A New Grand Strategy for the United States in the 21st Century, Gary Hart, Avangard Books
-Dream Detective, Bülent Ata, Erdem Publishing