Short story and essay writer (b. 20 May 1940, Kahramanmaraş). He attended primary and secondary school education in K. Maraş, Malatya and Tunceli. He graduated from İstanbul University, Faculty of Economics, Institute of Journalism (1964) and İstanbul University, Faculty of Law (1967). In 1967, he entered the State Planning Organization as an assistant specialist but he quitted his job to make master on “Kalkınma Ekonomisi” (Development Economy) in the United States. He made economical researches in varios districts of United States. (1970-71). After returning the Turkey, he began to work as an inspector and advisor in the Ministry of Culture (1975-78).
He left his duty and began to write daily articles mostly on culture, education and communication in Yeni Devir Newspaper with the pen name A. Gaffar Taşkın (1978-80). He returned to the State Planning Organization and He served as a specialist (1980), Director of Office of Publication Representation (1981), Assistant of General Secretary (1984-88), General Secretary (1988) and consultant (1990).
His first short story called Akarsu (The River) were published in Varlık review, January 1957 Issue. He published his short stories and thought works in the Varlık (1957-58), Soyut, Türk Sanatı (1957-58), Arayış (1958), Hamle (1958), Dost (1962), Diriliş (1966), Edebiyat (1969), Yeni İstiklal (1969), Mavera (1976), Yeni Devir (1977), Düşünce, Sanat Olayı, Yeni Zemin, Yedi İklim, Tercüman, Zaman, Hergün, Millî Gazete, Yeni Şafak (1995), Yeni Dönem (1999) reviews and Newspapers.
He was one of the founders of Edebiyat review with Nuri Pakdil, Akif İnan and Erdem Bayazıt in 1969 and also in 1976 with Cahit Zarifoğlu, Akif İnan, Erdem Bayazıt, Alaeddin Özdenören and Ersin Gürdoğan, he founded Mavera Review. His short story Çok Sesli Bir Ölüm (A MultiVocal Death, 1984) and Çözülme (The Dissolution, 1973) were adapted into movie. Çok Sesli Bir Ölüm (A MultiVocal Death) won the Jury Special Award in the International Television Films Contest in Prag (1978). He took the Thought Award of the Turkey National Culture Foundation with his work called İki Dünya (Two Worlds) in 1978. He won the Writers Union Of Turkey, Short Story Award with his book called Denize Açılan Kapı (The Door Opened to the Sea, 1978) and Essay Award with Ruhun Malzemeleri (The Metarials of The Soul, 1986)
Özdenören has been one of the skillful writers of his period in the short story genre. Moreover he reached a true fame with his specific identifications and literary style. He told the stories of a Muslim individual who tries to set up his own world in a world, which the bridges between the past and the present collapsed. He told todays people the deformity of the conditions in which the people live in but can not aware of. In his book called Gül Yetiştiren Adam (The Man Who Grows Roses, 1979), His subject matter was the attrubitions and the dilemmas of the Turkish people aganist the Westernization and its reflections on the next generation half a century after.
SHORT STORIES: Hastalar ve Işıklar (The Patients and The Lights, 1967), Çözülme (The Dissolution 1973), Çok Sesli Bir Ölüm (A MultiVocal Death, 1974), Çarpılmışlar (The Paralyzeds, 1977), Denize Açılan Kapı (The Door Opened to the Sea, 1983), Kuyu (The Well, Long Story, 1999), Hışırtı (2000), Ansızın Yola Çıkmak (Suddenly To Way Out, 2000), Toz (The Dust, 2002).
NOVEL: Gül Yetiştiren Adam (The Man Who Grows Rose, 1979).
ESSAY: İki Dünya (Two Worlds, 1977), Müslümanca Düşünme Üzerine Denemeler (Essays on Thinking About A Muslim Manner, 1985), Yaşadığımız Günler (The Days We Live in, 1985), Ruhun Malzemeleri (The Materials of the Soul, 1986), Yeniden İnanmak (Re-Believing 1987), Kafa Karıştıran Kelimeler (The Confusing Words, 1987), Çapraz İlişkiler (The Cross Relations, 1987), Yumurtayı Hangi Ucundan Kırmalı (From Which side should the Egg be Broken, 1987), Müslümanca Yaşamak (Living in a Muslim Manner, 1988), Red Yazıları (Essays of Rejection, 1988), Yeni Dünya Düzeninin Sefaleti (The Poverty of the new World Order, 1996), Ben ve Hayat ve Ölüm (I, Life and the Death, 1997), İpin Ucu (The Edge of a Rope, 1997), Acemi Yolcu (The Rookie Passenger, 1997), Kent İlişkileri (City Relationships, 1998), Yüzler (The Faces, 1999), Köpekçe Düşünceler (Doggedly Thoughts, 1999), Eşikte Duran İnsan (The Man on the Thresold, 2000), Yazı, İmge ve Gerçeklik (Article, İmage and the Reality, 2002), Aşkın Diyalektiği (The Dialectic of Love, 2003), Düşünsel Duruş (Ideological Standing, 2005).
In addition to these he had translations.
REFERENCE: Muzaffer Uyguner / Hastalar ve Işıklar (Varlık, 15.10. 1968), Sezai Karakoç / Sütun-I (1969), İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2007, 2009) - Ünlü Edebiyatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 4, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Fomous People (2013), Selim İleri / Modern Türk Edebiyatında 99 Hikâyeciden 99 Hikâye (1997), Mustafa Kutlu / Niçin Çarpılmışlar (Hisar, Mart 1978), TDE Ansiklopedisi (C. 7, 1990), Yedi İklim dergisi Rasim Özdenören Özel Sayısı (Şubat-Mart 1999), Ömer Lekesiz / Yeni Türk Edebiyatında Öykü IV (2001), Mehmet Kaplan / Hikâye Tahlilleri (10. bas. 2004), Ali Haydar Haksal / Rasim Özdenören: Ruh Denizinden Öyküler (2008), Rasim Özdenören Kitabı (2011), Bir Biyografi denemesi – Çok Sesli Bir Yazar Rasim Özdenören (K. Maraş Belediyesi, 2011).