Burhan Sönmez worked for a time as a lawyer in Istanbul. He was seriously injured following an assault by police in Turkey and had to move to Britain, where he received treatment with the support of the organisation Freedom from Torture. After living more than ten years in exile, he returned to Turkey four years ago. He is author of three novels: North (2009), Sins & Innocents (2011) and Istanbul Istanbul (2015). Sins & Innocents received the Izmir St. Joseph Best Novel Award and was granted the 2011 Sedat Simavi Literature Prize, which Sönmez is the youngest ever author to win. He is a member of PEN-International board, lectures in Literature and the Novel at the Middle East Technical University and writes for various newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, La Repubblica and Die Zeit. He is the 2017 recipient of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation’s Disturbing the Peace Award.
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