Novelist (b. 1944, Menemen / İzmir). She is from a Rumelian family. The playwright Musahipzade Celal was her mother’s great-uncle. She attended Mimar Kemal Primary School in Ankara and completed her primary education at Erzurum Kültür Kurumu Primary School. She went to Japan with her family when she had completed her education at Ankara Namık Kemal Secondary School. She graduated from THA American School in Japan and from the Middle East Technical University, Department of Economy and Statistics in 1965. She went to the United States on Fulbright scholarship and completed her postgraduate education at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (1968). She also studied philosophy and theology at Dartmouth College.
Meanwhile, she worked as an academician at Maine State in United States between 1968 and 1969 and gave lectures of economy of growth at Caan College (1969). She continued working on her studies of religion in Turkey and Cairo after returning from the United States. She went to United States again after working as a specialist at İstanbul University and the State Planning Organization for two years (1970- 72). She did research at California University (1973- 74). In İstanbul she took part in the psycho- language project that was arranged by Berkeley and she published the review Bizim English, a Turkish based English teaching review, in association with the newspaper Cumhuriyet (1981- 84). She was the Vice President of the Writers Cooperative Board (1984- 85).
She has focused on writing since 1984. Her many articles have been published in the reviews Nokta, Yazko Somut, Türk Edebiyatı etc. and her interviews, in the newspaper Zaman (1986). She won the Writers Union of Turkey Novel Award in 1987 with her novel İşkenceci (The Tormentor).
NOVEL: Yaseminler Tüter mi Hâlâ (Do Jasmines Still Give Off Smoke?, 1985), Paslanmış Mesih (Rusty Christ, 1986), İşkenceci (The Tormentor, 1986), Viva
ESSAY: Aydın Despotizmi (Intel–lectual Despotism, 1986), Kadere Karşı Koy A.Ş. (Resist the Fate Inc., 1995), Eylül 1998 (September 1998, 1999).
REFERENCE: Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (18. bas. 1999), Şükran Kurdakul / Şairler ve Yazarlar Sözlüğü (gen. 6. bas. 1999), Mehmet Nuri Yardım / Romancılar Konuşuyor (2000; Aydınları Sorgulayan Romancı Alev Alatlı: Aydın İhanet İçinde, s. 193-196), Erkin Çam / Schrödinger‘in Kedisi (Cumhuriyet Kitap, 7.9.2000), TBE Ansiklopedisi (2001), Zafer Özcan / Alev Alatlı ile Türkiye ve Dünya (2003), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) - Ünlü Edebiyatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 4, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013).