Biography

Attila Birkiye

Born on May 29, 1955, Atilla Birkiye studied Philosophy at Istanbul University. Since then he has worked as an editor in publishing houses and on encyclopaedias and has served on the editorial boards of several literary magazines. He was appointed Secretary General of the Union of Turkish Writers, and has served on the Executive Board of Turkish Pen. Birkiye’s literary talents have also been exercised in the broadcasting and performing arts media. As well as being an essayist and a novelist, Birkiye is also an accomplished poet - though he personally has never considered himself as such.

Books

A Shooting Star (Bir Yıldız Kaydı)

A novel, full of coincidences, about a family which runs from 1870’s to present day. Disintegration, especially through and following the World War I, historical parallelisms of the tragic events that members of a big family spread to Trabzon and Batumi, two sister cities founded on the shores of Black Sea in antiquity undergo; a struggle of survival of a widow, along with her mother and five kids, in a land where history has changed and which has witnessed a new revolution. Meanwhile, weaving of present day relationships with past time sensibilities, and at times the result surfacing from the depths of the novel… All this reaching the present, through the “stories told” that many of us witness in our lives, histories…

Just like most of his other texts, the writer’s revelation of political and sociological analysis at the depth of this text or between its lines, by using coincidences of daily life.

Meeting Places for Lovers in Istanbul

In this fascinating book - as the title suggests - the writer proposes 34 trysting places for lovers and would-be lovers. Some of the places are well known, others hidden away in the less frequented nooks and crannies of Istanbul. Think of it as a kind of romantic sightseeing tour of the city. The route - a map of which is thoughtfully provided at the back of the book - takes us from Taksim, winding its way around the districts of İstanbul and finally drops us right back where we started from, at Taksim. Many of the places visited are illustrated by photographs, others sadly no longer exist; although once upon a time they were very popular. Autobiographical musings woven into the text give us a vivid impression of the places themselves and the associations and significance they hold for the author. At the end of the book - and completely unrelated to the rest of the work -Birkiye makes ingenious use of the last page to attach a personal letter to a woman reader in answer to a question she had asked about his depiction of the Bosporus Strait in a previous novel – one assumes that he had lost her address!

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