Architecture in Contemporary Literature

Love in Symi-An Aegean Romance/ Kos-Symi Rhodes

Author(s): Nevnihal Erdoğan * .

Pp: 175-181 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815165166123010023

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Love in Symi is a nouvelle that flows in the background of the hopeless love between the “X” generation and the “Y” generation people, the heartsore love held captive by technology in an original architectural setting. The author is Hikmet Temel Aksu, a writer who has studied architecture. With its main story reflecting the emotions of the chivalry era, set in the Greek Dodecanese Islands of Kos, Symi, and Rhodes, Love in Symi occurs on a plateau with Mediterranean architecture as the background. The protagonist of the story is Elsa and the author himself. The work tells a bittersweet love story, as well as the architecture of the Greek islands, with a touristic feeling and journey. The journey starts from the island of Kos, across from Bodrum. The uniqueness of Hippocrates's living here, the island finds its place with beautiful beaches, monasteries built on high hills, gastronomic restaurants, and intense architectural descriptions. The second island, Symi, is considered the most striking in architecture and the most unique among other islands. It is one of the most beautiful examples of island architecture, with the settlement of the city on steep volcanic hills, its houses with white window pediments painted in orange and yellow on the outside, and its characteristic stone architecture. The island of Rhodes, the last island mentioned in the novel, immerses the reader in the atmosphere of the place with intense architectural depictions. Two or three of the giant cruise ships can simultaneously anchor in the port of Rhodes, which is surrounded by a medieval castle, and on the UNESCO cultural heritage list. Since it is one of the main attractions of such a busy tourism industry, the criticism regarding the brutal mistreatment of Rhodes's historical architecture is also notable in the nouvelle.

Keywords: Blue sorrow, Bodrum, Datca, Dodecanese, Elsa, Generation X, Greek, Generation Y, Hikmet temel akarsu, Hippocrates, Kos, Mediterranean architecture, Marmaris, Nouvelle, Rhodes, Symi, Stone architecture, Tourism, Technology, UNESCO.

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