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Burhan SönmezBurhan Sönmez is a Turkish-Kurdish prize-winning novelist. His first novel, ''North'' (Kuzey), was published in 2009 in Turkey. His second novel, ''Sins and Innocents'' (Masumlar), was published in 2011. His third novel, ''Istanbul Istanbul'', was published in 2015. ‘’Labyrinth’’, his fourth novel, got published in 2018.
He received "Disturbing the Peace" award given by [http://www.vhlf.org/events/disturbing-the-peace-2017/ Vaclav Havel Library Foundation] in New York (2017).
He's awarded the [http://www.ebrd.com/cs/Satellite?c=Content&cid=1395273132580&d=Mobile&pagename=EBRD%2FContent%2FContentLayout/ EBRD Literature Prize] in London (2018) for his novel ''Istanbul Istanbul''.
''Sins and Innocents'' has received the ''Sedat Simavi Literature Prize'', a most prestigious literature award in Turkey.
His novels are being published in thirty six countries such as by Gallimard (France), OR Books (USA), btb Random House (Germany), Turbine (Denmark), Nottetempo (Italy), Polirom (Romania), Klimaty (Poland), Dituria (Albania), Antares (Armenia), Thaqafa (Arabic), Lis (Kurdish), Opus (Croatia), Hohe (Ethiopia), Jelenkor Kiadó (Hungary), Jumhoori (Pakistan), Nepko (Mongolia), Del Vecchio (Italy), Evro Giunti (Serbia), Qanun (Azerbaijani), A.Libris (Macedonia).
Burhan Sönmez was born in Turkey. He grew up speaking Turkish and Kurdish, then later moved to Istanbul where he worked for a time as a lawyer. He was member of Human Rights Society (IHD) and a founder of TAKSAV (Foundation for Social Research, Culture and Art). He was among founders of daily ''BirGün'', an opposition newspaper. He was seriously injured following an assault by police in 1996 in Turkey and received treatment in Britain for a long period of time (with the support of the Freedom from Torture.)
Even though he was interested in poetry and won awards in two national poetry competitions in Turkey, he turned his hand to writing novel. His interest in writing, storytelling and modern literature is rooted in the traditional stories and legends he was brought up with. His unique experience of growing up in a remote village with no electricity, and having a talented storyteller for a mother, has provided perspective, inspiration and material for his writing.
He has written for various newspapers and magazines, such as daily ''BirGün'' and ''L'Unita'' and monthly ''Birikim'' and "Notos", on literature, culture and politics. He was a member of judging panel for 2014 Cevdet Kudret Literature Prize.
He lectures in Literature and Novel at the METU (Middle East Technical University).
He is member of English PEN, Turkish PEN and Kurdish PEN.
He is a board member of PEN International.
He now lives in Cambridge and Istanbul. Provided by Wikipedia
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