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Hüzün

A PROJECT BY MICHAŁ KOWALSKI

We might call this confused. Hazy state melancholy, or perhaps we should call it by its Turkish name hüzün, which denotes a melancholy that is communal rather than private. Offering no clarity, veiling reality instead, hüzün brings us comfort, softening the view like the condensation on a window when a teakettle has been spouting steam on a winter’s day.

Orhan Pamuk Istanbul. Memories and the City