Turkish Writer Ayse Kulin

Istanbul 1941 - present

Turkish writer Ayse Kulin

Ayse Kulin is a Turkish female novelist and screenwriter. She was born in Istanbul on 26th of August 1941. For many years she worked in various sectors of the Turkish media and also as a cinematographer and producer for many films and TV series.

Kulin released a collection of short stories titled Gunese Don Yuzunu (Turn Your Face to the Sun) in 1984. In 1999 she wrote a novel called Sevdalinka about the Bosnian War. In 2002 she wrote a novel titled Nefes Nefese about the Turkish diplomats who saved the lives of Jews during the holocaust in World War II. Her most celebrated books are "Adi: Aylin", "Sevdalinka", and "Fureyya".

She won several national and international prizes and screenplay awards:

  • "Screenplay Award" in 1986 from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, for a short story called Gulizar in the film titled Kirik Bebek (Broken Baby)
  • "Best Cinematographer Award" in 1986 from the Theatre Writers Association, for the TV series Ayasli ve Kiracilari (Ayasli and her tenants)
  • "Haldun Taner Short Story Award" in 1996, for a short story called Foto Sabah Resimleri (Photo Morning Pictures)
  • "Sait Faik Short Story Award" in 1997
  • "Writer of the Year" title in 1997 by the Istanbul Communication Faculty, for her novel Adi: Aylin (Her Name: Aylin)
  • "Writer of the Year" title in 1998, for her short story Genis Zamanlar (Large Times)
  • "Goodwill Ambassador" of UNESCO Turkey in 2007
  • "Europen Council Of Jewish Commununities novel award" in 2008, for her book Nefes Nefese (Breathless)
  • "Premio Roma, Best Foreign Novel Award" in 2016, for her book Nefes Nefese, which was translated as "L'Ultimo Treno Per Istanbul" (Last train to Istanbul) in Italian

Ayse Kulin married twice, both ended with a divorce, and has four children from her marriages.

Bibliography

Gunese Don Yuzunu, 1984
Bir Tatli Huzur, 1996
Adi: Aylin, 1997
Genis Zamanlar, 1998
Foto Sabah Resimleri, 1998
Sevdalinka, 1999
Fureya, 2000
Kopru, 2001
Nefes Nefese, 2002
Icimde Kizil Bir Gul Gibi, 2002
Babama, 2002
Kardelenler, 2004
Gece Sesleri, 2004
Bir Gun, 2005
Bir Varmis Bir Yokmus, 2007
Veda, 2008
Sit Nene'nin Masallari, 2008
Umut, 2008
Tas Duvar Acik Pencere, 2009
Turkan, 2009
Hayat - Durbunumde Kirk Sene (1941-1964), 2011
Huzun - Durbunumde Kirk Sene (1964-1983), 2011
Gizli Anlarin Yolcusu, 2011
Bora'nin Kitabi, 2012
Donus, 2013
Hayal, 2014
Handan, 2014
Tutsak Gunes, 2016
Kanadi Kirik Kuslar, 2016