Storywriter (b. 1951, Gaziantep). He attended Galatasaray High School and graduated from the Sorbonne University, Department of Modern Literature. After receiving his doctorate he worked at the French Scientific International Research Center in Paris. His articles on literature and intellectual subjects were published in magazines such as Yeni Dergi, Yeni Edebiyat, Milliyet Sanat and Hürriyet Gösteri.
His stories dealing with the sexual impulses of the individual rather than a person’s inner self were sometimes considered obscene. His book Kadınlar Kitabı (Women’s Book) was banned because it was deemed to be obscene. However, it was released again in 1984. He was given the 1976 Turkish Language Association Short Story Award for his work Uzun Sürmüş Bir Yaz (A Long Lasting Summer) and the 1986 French PEN Club Jury Special Award for his book Sevgilim İstanbul (My Darling İstanbul), which was also translated into French. He shared the 1987 Haldun Taner Short Story Award with Tomris Uyar and Murathan Mungan for a story in his book Sevgilim İstanbul (My Darling İstanbul).
SHORT STORY: Uzun Sürmüş Bir Yaz (A Long Lasting Summer, 1975), Kadınlar Kitabı (Women’s Book, 1983), Sevgilim İstanbul (My Darling İstanbul, 1986), Sorguda (In the Interrogation, 1988), Son Tramvay (The Last Tram, 1991), Öğleden Sonra Aşk (Afternoon Love, 2002).
NOVEL: Boğazkesen / Fatih’in Romanı (The Throat Cutter / The Novel of Fatih, 1995), Resimli Dünya (The World with Pictures, 2000).
TRAVEL LITERATURE: Seyir Defteri (Log Book, 1990), Pasifik Kıyısında (On the Shore of Pacific, 1991), Balkanlara Dönüş (Returning to the Balkans, 1995), Gemiler de Gitti (Ships Have Left Too, 1997), Güneşte Ölüm (Death under the Sun, 2003).
ESSAY-STUDY: Çağdaş Yazın ve Kültür (Contemporary Literature and Culture, 1978), Şeyh Bedrettin Destanı Üzerine (On the Legend of Şeyh Bedreddin, 1978), Yerel Kültürlerden Evrensele (To Universal from Local Cultures, 1985), Nazım Hikmet ve Geleneksel Türk Yazını (Nazım Hikmet and Traditional Turkish Literature, 1992), Başkaldıran Edebiyat (Rebellious Literature, 1997), Aragon Başkaldırıdan Gerçeğe (From the Aragon Rebel to the Truth, translated by Nermin Saatçioğlu, 2000), Paris Yazıları II (Paris Articles II, 2001), Doğumunun Yüzüncü Yılında Dünya Şairi Nazım Hikmet (World Poet Nazım Hikmet on the 100th Anniversary of His Birth, 2002).
CONVERSATION: Yüzyıl Biterken (When the Century Ends, 1999).
POETRY: Uzun Bir Ayrılık İçin Kırk Kısa Şiir (Forty Short Poems for a Long Separation, 1996).