Writer (b. 1955,
Ankara). She graduated from Hacettepe University
(1976). She has used the pen name Günsu Bertan in some of her works. She did
her graduate studies in the field of ecology at the universities of Bergen in Norway
(1981) and Michigan in the United States (1983) and worked as lecturer at
the Middle East Technical
University (1984) and Tampere Technical University
(1986). Then she worked in the private sector in the areas of advertising,
tourism and press.
Her stories and
works were published firstly in the magazine Dönemeç in 1977 and then in Yarın,
Türk Dili, Varlık, Gergedan, Argos,
Rapsodi (1989, 1992), etc. Her works have been translated into various
languages. She received an honorable mention at the Yunus Nadi Short Story Competition
and won the 1993 Yunus Nadi Novel Award with her book Balık İzlerinin Sesi (The Sound of the Fish Steps). She is a
member of the Canadian Writers Foundation and the Association of Turkish PEN
Writers (on the board of directors between 1993-95).
Benim Adım Mayıs (My Name is May,
1986), Ayın En Çıplak Günü (The Most
Naked Day of the Month, 1988), Güneş
Yiyen Çingene (The Gypsy
Who Ate the Sun, 1989), Şairler
Şehri (The City of Poets, 1994).
NOVEL: İki Yeşil Susamuru, Anneleri, Babaları,
Sevgilileri ve Diğerleri (Two Green Otters, Their Mothers, Fathers, Lovers
and The Others, 1991), Balık İzlerinin
Sesi (The Sound of the Fish Steps, 1992),
Kumral Ada, Mavi Tuna (Mediterranean
Waltz, 1997), Gelibolu (Gallipoli,
2002), Gümüş Yaz (The Silver Summer,
LITERATURE: Bir Siyah Saçlı Kadının Gezi
Notes of a Brunette, 1989).