Ayşe Kulin in a Book Store in Istanbul
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Kulin was born in Turkey in 1941. Her father, Muhittin Kulin, of Bosniak origin, was one of the first civil engineers in Turkey who founded the State Water Institution; he was soon appointed first director of this institution. Her mother who is a Circassian, Sitare Hanim, is the granddaughter of one of the Ottoman economy ministers.
Kulin graduated in literature from the American College for Girls in Arnavutköy. She released a collection of short stories titled Güneşe Dön Yüzünü in 1984. A short story from this called Gülizar was made into a film titled Kırık Bebek in 1986, for which she won a screenplay award from the Turkish culture ministry. Kulin worked as a screen writer, cinematographer and producer for many films, television series and advertisements. In 1986, she won the Best Cinematographer Award from the Theatre Writers association for her work in the television series Ayaşlı ve Kiracıları.
In 1996, she wrote a biography of Münir Nureddin Selçuk titled Bir Tatlı Huzur. With a short story called Foto Sabah Resimleri she won the Haldun Taner Short Story Award the same year and the Sait Faik Story Prize the next year. In 1997, she was chosen as the "Writer of the year" by the İstanbul Communication Faculty for her biographical novel Adı Aylin, She won the same award the next year for her short story Geniş Zamanlar. In November 1999, she wrote a novel called Sevdalinka about the Bosnian War and in 2000, a biographical novel called Füreyya. In June 2001, she put out a novel titled Köprü about drama in Turkey's eastern provinces and how they shaped the republic's early history.
In May 2002, Kulin wrote a novel titled Nefes Nefes'e about the Turkish diplomats who saved in the lives of Jews during the holocaust in World War 2.
She has married twice, her latest novels Hayat and Huzun describe her life with her spouses, Mehmet Sarper and Eren Kemahli. Both ended in divorce but she bore 4 sons from the marriages.
Armenian Genocide controversy
In an interview Kulin stated, that the Armenian Genocide can not be compared with the Holocaust because the Turks had a reason to "butcher" the Armenians and that such things may occur in times of war. Following her remarks a petition was created which called upon to boycott her books.Later she disclaimed her statement about Armenian genocide and apologized from Turkish Armenian society if she is misunderstood.
English language bibliography
Four of Kulin's novels and one short story collection have been published in English language translation.
Photo "Sabah" Pictures
Photo "Sabah" Pictures (Turkish title: Foto Sabah Resimleri) is a 1998 collection of three inter-connected short stories by Turkish writer Ayşe Kulin, which was awarded the 1998 Haldun Taner Short Story Award, the 1999 Sait Faik Story Prize, and was republished in 2004 by Epsilon Yayınevi in English language translation by Martina Keskintepe.
- Photo "Sabah" Pictures. Trans: Martina Keskintepe. Istanbul: Epsilon Yayınevi. 2004. ISBN 978-975-331-535-7.
Last Train to Istanbul
- Last train to Istanbul. Trans: John W. Baker. Istanbul: Everest Yayınları. 2006. ISBN 978-975-289-327-6.
Face to Face
- Güneşe Dön Yüzünü, 1984.
- Bir Tatlı Huzur 1996.
- Adı: Aylin, 1997.
- Geniş Zamanlar, 1998.
- Foto Sabah Resimleri, 1998.
- Sevdalinka, 1999.
- Füreya, 2000
- Güneşe Dön Yüzünü, 2000.
- Köprü, 2001. .
- Nefes Nefese, 2002.
- İçimde Kızıl Bir Gül Gibi, 2002.
- Babama, 2002.
- Kardelenler, 2004.
- Gece Sesleri, 2004.
- Bir Gün, 2005..
- Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş, 2007
- Veda, 2008
- Sit Nene`nin Masalları,2008
- Umut, 2008
- Taş Duvar Açık Pencere, 2009
- Türkan, 2009
- Hayat Dürbünümde Kırk Sene,2011(Autobiographic novel)
- Hüzün Dürbünümde Kırk Sene,2011(Autobiographic novel)
- Gizli Anların Yolcusu
- Bora'nın Kitabı
- "[Opinion] A Morning with Erdogan (on Kurds and More)". Retrieved 2010-04-30.
- "Biz Ermenileri durup dururken kesmedik". Radikal. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014
- Ayşe Kulin'in utanmasını istiyoruz. Change.org. Retrieved 7 February 2014
- . Agos. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014
- "Photo "Sabah" Pictures". Epsilon Yayınevi. Retrieved 2009-10-24.