In 1993, İlhan was the recipient of the “Notable Short Story Award” at the Yaşar Nabi Nayır Youth Awards; her stories were subsequently published in numerous literary magazines from a young age on. Her essays, book reviews, travel writings and translations have appeared in various magazines/newspaper supplements.

Her first book Rüya Tacirleri Odası (Chamber of Dream Merchants, Artemis, 2006), is a collection of short stories that allude to one another with traces of magical realism. Her second book, entitled Sürgün (Exile, Everest, 2010), contains interconnected stories whose themes range from the invasion of Iraq to women from Batman, and the fate of laboratory dogs; it won the “2011 European Union Prize for Literature” (euprizeliterature.eu). Also shortlisted for the Prix Du Livre Lorientales 2017, Exile has so far been published in over 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Mexico. Based on the true story of an extremely cruel murder, Nişan Evi (Engagement, Everest, 2021) is a captivating novella, told in a unique voice, reflecting the lives that are erased and lost under the weight of various power centers—ranging from the official to the secretive—amidst the intertwined way of life in eastern Turkey. A writer who has contributed stories and essays to more than 15 national and international anthologies to date, İlhan’s fourth book, another novel, will be published next year.

Çiler İlhan studied International Relations and Political Science at Boğaziçi University; and then Hotel Management at the Glion Hotel School in Switzerland. She has worked in the fields of hotel management, marketing/communications, and publishing (as editor/writer). She’s a member of Turkish and Dutch PEN.

Exile Foreign Rights • Albanian: Fan Noli; Arabic-Syria: Dar Al Hiwar; Azerbaijan: Qanun; Bulgarian: Balkani; Croatian: Naklada Ljevak; Czech: Dauphin; Danish: Turbine; Dutch: De Geus; English: Istros Books; French: Galaade; Georgian: Agora; Hungarian: Napkut Kiado Kft; India-Hindi: Bhartiya Anuvad Parishad; Italian: Del Vecchio Editore; Macedonian: ILI-ILI; Mongolian: Nepko; Pakistan/Urdu: Jumhoori; Persian: Shourafarin Press; Polish: Klimaty; Romanian: Vivaldi; Serbian: Geopoetika; Slovenian: Cankarjeva; Spanish: Fomento Editorial

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