Bilge Karasu (1930-1995) was born in Istanbul. Often referred to as "the sage of Turkish literature." During his lifetime, Karasu published collections of short stories, novels, and two books of essays. His novel, Night, was published in English translation by Louisiana State University Press in 1994 and was awarded the Pegasus Prize for Literature. City Lights published Death In Troy in 2002, and in 2004 New Directions published The Garden of the Departed Cats.
Essay on a Dark Yalı presents the author's reflections on the death of the beauty of a dark yali, a historic summer mansion which epitomizes the legacy of old Istanbul in Turkey. Description of the deterioration of the dark yali; Anticipation on changes in the dark yali; Emotions and beauty that youth finds in the midst of death.