Rıfat Ilgaz

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Rıfat Ilgaz
Born (1911-04-24)24 April 1911
Cide, Kastamonu Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
Died 7 July 1993(1993-07-07) (aged 82)
Istanbul, Turkey
Occupation Author, Teacher, Poet
Nationality Turkish
Genre Humour

Rıfat Ilgaz (24 April 1911 – 7 July 1993) was a poet who was born in Cide, in the Kastamonu Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey). He was a teacher, poet, and writer. Ilgaz was one of Turkey’s best-known and most prolific poets and writers, having authored over sixty works.

Biography[edit]

Ilgaz started writing poetry during his junior school years and evolved into one of the prolific social-realist writers of 20th century Turkish literature. His poems are considered prime examples of socialist-realistic writing. While he has never really been a partisan of political ideologies, the fact that he has written about the sufferings of the people placed him at a left wing perspective. Like other writers of his time, Ilgaz was imprisoned as a result of one of his publications.

In addition to his writing, he led an accomplished career as a lecturer in Turkish literature.

Rıfat Ilgaz died in Istanbul in 1993 due to lung failure.

English language bibliography[edit]

One collection of Ilgaz's short stories has been published in English language translation.

Fourth Company[edit]

A 2001 short story collection by Turkish writer Rifat Ilgaz published by Milet Books, in dual Turkish and English language translation by Damian Croft, as part of its series of Turkish-English Short Story Collections.

The publisher states that, “In the deftly comic six-part story, Fourth Company and two further stories, Rifat Ilgaz turns his sharp but affectionate wit on compulsory military service, holidays at home and the pathological fear of doctors.”[1]

The volume consists of the stories;

  • Fourth Company (Parts 1-6)
  • Off to Exchange Bayram Greetings
  • A Fear of Doctors

Editions[edit]

Selected works[edit]

  • Apartıman Çocukları
  • Bacaksız Okulda
  • Bacaksız Plajda
  • Cart Curt
  • Çalış Osman Çiftlik Senin
  • Devam
  • Don Kişot Istanbul'da
  • Garibin Horozu
  • Geçmişe Mazi
  • Güvercinim Uyur mu?
  • Hababam Sınıfı (1975) (made into a movie)[2]
  • Hababam Sınıfı Sınıfta Kaldı (1975) (made into a movie)[3]
  • Hababam Sınıfı Baskında (made into a movie)
  • Hababam Sınıfı İcraatın İçinde
  • Hababam Sınıfı Uyanıyor
  • Hoca Nasrettin Ve Çömezleri
  • Karadeniz'in Kıyıcığında
  • Karartma Geceleri (1990) (made into a movie)[4]
  • Kırk Yıl Once Kırk Yıl Sonra
  • Kulağımız Kirişte
  • Nerde Kalmıştık
  • Nerde O Eski Usturalar
  • Ocak Katırı Alagöz
  • Öksüz Civciv
  • Pijamalılar
  • Radarın Anahtarı
  • Rüşvetin Alamancası
  • Sarı Yazma
  • Sınıf
  • Soluk Soluğa/Karakılçık/Uzak Değil
  • Sosyal Kadınlar Partisi
  • Şeker Kutusu
  • Üsküdar'da Sabah Oldu
  • Yarenlik
  • Yaşadıkça
  • Yıldız Karayel
  • Yokuş Yukarı

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