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LUCIS Literature Series

Turkish Literature Night

  • Murathan Mungan
Tuesday 30 April 2019
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Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Change of venue

Please note that the venue has changed. Due to the large number of registrations, we have moved the event from Index Poetry Bookshop to the Lipsius building.

The prolific contemporary Turkish author Murathan Mungan will be the distinguished guest of LUCIS and Index Poetry Book Shop. After a brief introduction of the author and his place in the Turkish literary landscape, Murathan Mungan will read from a selection of his work in Turkish; a translation will be provided. In addition, some of his poems will be read, after which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions about the content of Mungan’s literary work and its cultural context. 

Murathan Mungan: A Contemporary ‘Polygamous’ Turkish Writer

Having a father from the Kurdish region of Turkey and a mother with roots in Sarajevo, Mungan was born in the multicultural city of Mardin, in Kurdish South-East Turkey. His work reflects the multilingual and multicultural diversity of this region.  Mungan calls himself a ‘polygamous’ writer because he expresses himself in poetry, plays, novels, short stories and essays. After having received his BA from the Theatre Department of the famous department Faculty of Languages, History and Geography at Ankara University, Mungan published his first collection of poems, Osmanlıya Dair Hikayat (Stories about Ottomans) in 1980. In the past decades, he has become one of the most prolific contemporary Turkish writers.

In his multifaceted work, Mungan dedicates special attention to the aspects of the rich and ancient folk culture of South-East Turkey. He often uses childhood memories in his fictional and non-fictional descriptions of the recent past and culture he experienced. Especially in his poetry, he combines elements from the Ottoman past with contemporary poetic forms. Mungan is also one of the few Turkish authors who openly express their sexual orientation.

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