Oğuz Atay, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Oğuz Atay

Novelist, Engineer

Date of Birth: 12-Oct-1934

Place of Birth: İnebolu, Turkey

Date of Death: 13-Dec-1977

Profession: writer, engineer, playwright, university teacher, civil engineer

Nationality: Turkey

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Oğuz Atay

  • Oguz Atay (1934–1977) was a pioneer of the modern novel in Turkey.
  • His first novel, Tutunamayanlar (The Disconnected), appeared 1971-72.
  • Never reprinted in his lifetime and controversial among critics, it has become a best-seller since a new edition came out in 1984.
  • It has been described as “probably the most eminent novel of twentieth-century Turkish literature”: this reference is due to a UNESCO survey, which goes on: “it poses an earnest challenge to even the most skilled translator with its kaleidoscope of colloquialisms and sheer size.” In fact three translations have so far been published: into Dutch, as Het leven in stukken, translated by Hanneke van der Heijden and Margreet Dorleijn (Athenaeum-Polak & v Gennep, 2011); into German, as Die Haltlosen, translated by Johannes Neuner (Binooki, 2016); into English, as The Disconnected, translated by Sevin Seydi (Olric Press, 2017: ISBN 978-0-9955543-0-6): an excerpt from this won the Dryden Translation Prize in 2008 (Comparative Critical Studies, vol.
  • V (2008) 99).

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