Yusuf Atılgan

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Yusuf Atılgan (born June 27, 1921 in Manisa , † October 9, 1989 in Istanbul ) was a Turkish writer .


Yusuf Ziya Atılgan's father was a tax officer in Manisa, whose family had to move from Thessaly in 1878 . When Manisa was destroyed by the Greeks in the Greco-Turkish War , the family moved to the nearby village of Hacırahmanlı and farmed. Atılgan attended middle school in Manisa and then went to boarding school in Balıkesir to graduate from high school . In order to become a teacher, he studied literature in Istanbul at the İstanbul Üniversitesi and, since he was lacking a scholarship, at the army teacher training institute . The strongest influence during his studies was left by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar .

In 1945 he worked enthusiastically in the army as a teacher at the “Maltepe Askeri Lisesi” cadet school in Akşehir . However, he was accused of being a communist , sentenced by a military court to six months in prison and released from the army. Atılgan then withdrew to the country. After fruitless attempts in agriculture, he made several attempts to write a novel that was not to become a village novel , and in 1958 published the idler ("Aylak Adam"). He published the novel Anayurt Oteli in 1973 after an 8-year career break. In 1976 he went to Istanbul, where he worked as a translator and editor for various publishers, with Ülkü Tamer helping him to get orders from the Milliyet and Karacan publishing houses .

He formulated his conception of realism in literature as follows:

I try to reproduce the situation of the characters in the novel with rather unimportant events and concrete details. I hate abstract analyzes. I deal meticulously with details.

In 1958 he received a second prize for Aylak Adam at the Yunus Nadi Prize . For Bodur Minareden Öte (1960) he received the Sait Faik Prize .

With his second wife Serpil, whom he married in 1976, he had a son Mehmet, who was born in 1979.


Anayurt Oteli was made into a film by Ömer Kavur in 1986, received an award at the International Istanbul Film Festival and in 1987 received the European FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice International Film Festival .



  • Mirko Gemmel: idlers, idlers and flaneurs - Yusuf Atilgans 'idlers' and related figures in German literature. In: Studies on German Language and Literature , Issue 25, Istanbul 1/2011, pp. 71-85

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Interview with Mahir Ünlü in: "Milliyet Sanat Dergisi" (art and literature supplement to the Milliyet newspaper), No. 227 / November 1, 1989, excerpts translated by Monika Carbe at: Unionsverlag, Turkish Library
  2. FIPRESCI Prize in its version at the time