Selim İleri to receive Aydın Doğan Award
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Selim İleri is known for his short stories, novels and essays. The author has established his own style in storytelling but also reflects classic Turkish stories in his works.Turkish writer Selim İleri has been named the recipient of the 16th Aydın Doğan Award in the short story category.
The award will be given to the writer at a ceremony organized on April 10 at the Hilton Hotel.
Organized since 1996, this year’s Aydın Doğan Award was devoted to short stories and was given by a jury consisting of Turkish literature professionals such as Doğan Hızlan, Nursel Duruel, Dr. İnci Enginün, Semih Gümüş, Özcan Karabulut, Jale Parla, Hüseyin Su, A. Ömer Türkeş and Metin Celal Zeynioğlu.
İleri is known for his short stories, novels and essays. The author has established his own style in storytelling but also reflects classic Turkish stories in his works. The jury decided to give the award
to İleri because of his contributions to Turkish literature.
The award aims to reflect the success of writers in Turkey’s artistic and literature scene and is bestowed on people who contribute to Turkish literature and represent it in the best possible way.
İleri, who has been dubbed by some as “the writer of Istanbul,” has had writings published in literature magazines such as Papirüs, Yeni Edebiyat, Yeni Dergi, Türk Dili, Türkiye Defteri and Milliyet Sanat.
His first book of stories was published in 1968, and his works “Pastırma Yazı” and “Bir Denizin Eteklerinde” reflected the hard times of the middle class in Turkey.
After 1973 İleri mostly focused on novels, posting huge success with his novel “Her Gece Bodrum.” İleri also writes screenplays and literary analyses. Last year’s Aydın Doğan award was delivered in the Turkish folk music category to Mehmet Özbek.