|O. Z. Livaneli|
One of Turkey's most prominent and popular authors, as well as an accomplished musician and composer, O. Z. Livaneli was held under military detention during the coup of 1971 and lived in exile for eight years. He was later elected to Turkey's Parliament in 2002 and became one of the founders of the Turkish-Kurdish peace movement, in addition to his considerable creative accomplishments.
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O. Z. Livaneli
Also Known As:
Omer Zulfu Livaneli (full name)
Date of Birth:
June 20, 1946
Place of Birth:
Ilgýn, Konya, Turkey
B.A. in Music, 1974
O. Z. Livaneli's official web site
|2006 Discover Award Finalist|
O. Z. Livaneli, Cigdem Aksoy Fromm (Translator)
In the tradition of his countryman Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, Livaneli has written a moving tale of the collision of three disparate lives, wounded souls in search of freedom and happiness. "Eye-opening and deeply moving -- essential for anyone looking for decency in the world today," observes Kirkus Reviews.
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|A Man of Many Moods|
|In our interview, Livaneli reflected on his identity as a writer. "One day a student approaches Borges, who is blind then, as he’s walking the streets of Buenos Aires and asks him, ‘Are you Mr.Borges?’ Borges replies, ‘Sometimes!’ There are many moments in my life when I find myself feeling the same way," he explains. "Sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, sometimes optimistic, sometimes pessimistic. I guess everyone is like that."|
|The Old Man and the Sea|
"Ernest Hemingway’s entire work -- and especially The Old Man and the Sea -- influenced my life and career to a great extent," Livaneli shares in our interview. "After having read The Old Man and the Sea many times -- I had even memorized some parts of it -- I had decided to be a writer myself and lead a life of adventure just like he had done."
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
"It’s not a coincidence that my novel Bliss has a chapter called 'Don Quixote at Night, Sancho Panza in the Morning,'" Livaneli reveals. "I believe that every one of us is like this a little bit. At night, we’re full of idealism and sublime feelings, but in the morning, reality makes us Sancho Panza." Read our interview to learn about more of Livaneli's best-loved books, including: