Turkey | 2017
One of the Turkey’s best known novelists and political commentators who also have been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, Newstatesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel. She lived in several countries such as Lebanon, Tunisia, Paris and Oxford to write her novels. She was a visiting fellow in Saint Anthony’s College, University of Oxford. Her recent novels Banana Sounds, Women Who Blow On Knots and The Time of Mute Swans are published in several languages. During her twenty years of journalism, before she lost her job due to political oppression in Turkey, she has been “the most read writer” several times. She has been rated as “the one of the 10 most influential people in social media” twice. She gave the “Freedom Lecture” as a guest of Amnesty International and Prince Claus Foundation. Among many other places she gave speeches at Oxford, London School of Economics, Harvard University and House of Commons in British Parliament. She recently appeared on BBC’s Hard Talk and Imagining The New Truth series. She divides her time between Istanbul and Zagreb.