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Attila İlhan

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(June 15, 1925 – October 10, 2005) was a Turkish poet, novelist, essayist, journalist and reviewer.

Attilâ İlhan was born in Menemen in İzmir Province, Turkey. He received most of his primary education in İzmir. However, because of his father’s job, he completed his junior high school education in different cities. Aged 16 and enrolled in İzmir Atatürk High School, he got into trouble for sending a poem by Nazım Hikmet, a famous dissident communist Turkish poet, to a girl he was in love with. He was arrested and taken into custody for three weeks. He was also dismissed from school and jailed for two months. After his imprisonment, İlhan was forbidden from attending any schools in Turkey, thus interrupting his education.

Following a favourable court decision in 1941, he received permission to continue his education again and enrolled in Istanbul Işık High School. During the last year of his high school education, his uncle sent one of his poems to CHP Poetry Competition without telling Attilâ. The poem, Cebbaroğlu Mehemmed won the second prize among many poems written by famous poets. He gratuated from high school in 1942 and enrolled in İstanbul University’s law school. However, he left midway through his legal education to pursue his own endeavours and published his first poetry book, Duvar (The Wall).

In his second year at Istanbul University, he went to Paris in order to take part in supporting Nazım Hikmet. His observations of the French and their culture were to influence many of his works.

After returning to Turkey, he repeatedly ran into trouble with the police. Interrogations in Sansaryan Han influenced his works based on death, thriller, etc.

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  • purEdeviLry

    elimden tut yoksa dusecegim yagmur beni goturecek yoksa beni

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • iimullani

    Kaptan

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Pslocybin

    Kaptan..Sevdiğim adam.Neden sonra Paris de öldü hiç düşündün mü?

    4 Aug 2009 Reply
  • kucukrok

    Sisler bulvarında öleceğim...

    30 Jul 2009 Reply
  • the_mourner

    elsiz ayaksız yeşil bir yılan yaptıklarını yıkıyorlar mustafa kemal..

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ecank

    Ne olur kim olduğunu bilsem pia’nın, ellerini bir tutsam ölsem. Böyle uzak uzak seslenmese. Ben bir şehre geldiğim vakit, o başka bir şehre gitmese. Otelleri bomboş bulmasam. İçlenip buzlu bir kadeh gibi, buğulanıp buğulanıp durmasam. Ne olur sabaha karşı rıhtımda, çocuklar pia’yı görseler. Bana haber salsalar bilsem. İçimi büsbütün yıldız basar, bir hançer gibi çıkıp giderdim. Ben bir şehre geldiğim vakit, o başka bir şehre gitmese, singapur yolunda demeseler, bana bunu yapmasalar. Yorgunum, üstelik parasızım, pasaportsuzum. Ne olur sabaha karşı rıhtımda seslendiğini duysam pia’nın. Sırtında yoksul bir yağmurluk, çocuk gözleri büyük büyük, üşümüş ürpermiş soluk. Ellerini tutabilsem pia’nın, ölsem eksiksiz ölürdüm.

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • recepivedik

    nasıl böyle varıp geldin hoşgeldin çıngı kaymış yalazlanmış gözlerin şol yüzünde güneş südü sıcaklık ellerinden öperim mustafa kemal senin dalın yaprağın biz senin fidanların biz bunları yapmadık sen elbette bilirsin bilirsin mustafa kemal elsiz ayaksız bir yeşil yılan yaptıklarını yıkıyorlar mustafa kemal hani bir vakitler kubilay'ı kestiler çün buyurdun kesenleri astılar sen uyudun asılanlar dirildi mustafa'm mustafa kemal'im

    21 Nov 2008 Reply