Burhan_Sonmez_by_Hatice_Sahin2Burhan Sönmez is the author of six novels and president of PEN International. He is a Senior Member of Hughes Hall College and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. His novels have been translated into more than forty eight languages and received international prizes, including the EBRD Literature Prize and Vaclav Havel Library Award. He was born in Turkey and grew up speaking Turkish and Kurdish. He worked as a lawyer in Istanbul before going to Britain for political reasons and living there in exile for several years. He now lives between Istanbul and Cambridge. He has been on the judging panel of several events, including Inge Feltrinelli Prize and Geneva International Film Festival and written for press such as La Repubblica, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and The Guardian. He has translated the poetry book of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake into Turkish. His previous novel, Stone and Shadow, is currently on the longlist of Dublin Literary Award. After having written five novels in Turkish, Lovers of Franz K. is Sönmez’s first novel he has written in his mother tongue, Kurdish. 


North (Kuzey), 2009, novel; Sins and Innocents (Masumlar), 2011, novel; Istanbul Istanbul, 2015, novel; Labyrinth (Labirent), 2018, novel;  Stone and Shadow (Taş ve Gölge), 2021, novel; Lovers of Franz K (Franz K. Âşıkları), 2024, novel.

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