Burhan Sönmez

Burhan Sönmez


Burhan Sönmez is the author of four novels, which have been published in more than thirty languages. He was born in Turkey and grew up speaking Turkish and Kurdish. Sönmez worked as a lawyer in Istanbul before moving to Britain as a political exile. Sönmez’s writing has appeared in various newspapers, such as The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, and La Repubblica. He now divides his time between Istanbul and Cambridge. He received Vaclav Havel Award in 2017 and the EBRD Literature Prize in 2018.

Buy Burhan Sönmez’s latest book, Labyrinth (translated by Umit Hussein), on Amazon.

Photo Credit: Hatice Sahin

Events with Burhan Sönmez

[CANCELED] Istanbul: Where Truth Meets Trouble

08 May 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

[CANCELED] Cry, the Beloved Country

09 May 2020
4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10008

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