Murathan Mungan

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Mungan in 2008

Murathan Mungan (born 21 April 1955 in Istanbul) is a Turkish author, short story writer, playwright and poet.


His family originates from Mardin.[1] His father is an Arab and mother is a Bosnian[2] After receiving his BA from the Faculty of Letters and Drama at Ankara University, he worked as a dramaturg before devoting all his time to write poetry, plays, short stories, novels, film scenarios and songs. His first collection of poems, Osmanlıya Dair Hikayat (Stories about Ottomans) was published in 1980, making Mungan an overnight success.[1]

His output remained prolific and various poetry books followed, notably Yaz Gecer (Summer Passes) and Metal. He has written four theatre plays, which earned him wider success. Mahmud ile Yezida, Taziye are two of the most staged plays of the modern Turkish theatre.

His short stories were compiled in successful volumes such as Kırk Oda (Forty Rooms) and Paranın Cinleri (Genies of Money). His screenplay Dağınık Yatak (Messy Bed) was later filmed by director Atıf Yılmaz in 1986 starring Turkish actress Müjde Ar.

Mungan also wrote lyrics to some of Yeni Türkü's songs, and for pop singers such as Nükhet Duru.

In 2006, Murathan Mungan supervised the production of a music album by Turkish arabesk singer Müslüm Gürses, featuring cover versions of popular songs such as Alexandra Leaving by Leonard Cohen, Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan, and I'm Deranged by David Bowie, all of which were selected by Mungan.[3]

Openly gay, Mungan has been often associated with the Turkish gay movement as a gay icon.[1][4][5]

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  1. ^ a b c Nimet Seker, translated by Ron Walker (20 March 2008). "The Muse of Mardin". Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  2. ^ "Kürt değilim, kökenim Arap".
  3. ^ "Haberler: Aşk Tesadüfleri Sever"., Official Site. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  4. ^ Yenicioğlu, Yiğithan (1997). "Gay Identities, Communities and Places in the 1990s in Istanbul" (PDF). The British Council, Cultural Studies Courses. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  5. ^ Torchia, Christopher (2007). "Turkey's GLBT community fights for rights and acceptance". Chicago Free Press. Retrieved 2008-04-01.

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