Falih Rıfkı Atay
|Falih Rıfkı Atay|
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
|Died||March 20, 1971
|Occupation||Journalist, writer and politician|
|Political party||Republican People's Party (CHP)|
He was the son of Halil Hilmi Efendi, an imam. He was educated in Istanbul, then Ottoman Empire. Falih began his career as a journalist in the Tanin, a CUP newspaper. He later became the private secretary of Talat Pasha, and during World War I accompanied Jamal Pasha in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. After the war, he, with three other friends, founded the newspaper Akşam supporting the Turkish War of Independence. In 1922, he travelled to the recaptured Izmir to visit Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Later, he became an editor-in-chief in the Hakimiyet-i Milliye. He entered politics in 1923, and served as deputy of Bolu and later Ankara in the parliament until the Turkish general election, 1950.
He is the author of more than 30 works.
Falih Rıfkı Atay died on 20 March 1971 in Istanbul. He was interred at Zincirlikuyu Cemetery in Istanbul.
- Ateş ve Güneş, (Fire and Sun), 1918, Memories of World War I in Syria and Palestine
- Zeytindağı (Mount of Olives), 1932, Memories of World War I in Syria and Palestine
- Yeni Rusya (New Russia), 1931, Travelbook
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