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Google marks Turkish novelist Oğuz Atay's birthday

Oğuz Atay passed away on Dec. 13, 1977 in Istanbul.
12.10.2020 - 13:52

Google on Monday marked the 86th birthday of Turkish author Oğuz Atay, a pioneer of the modern novel in Turkey.

The search engine’s homepage, which is often altered to commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and notable historical figures, showed a caricature of Atay in his room.

HIS NOVEL "TUTUNAMAYANLAR" BROUGHT ATAY NATIONAL ATTENTION

"Today’s #GoogleDoodle celebrates Turkish author, playwright, engineer, & professor Oğuz Atay, whose debut 1972 novel “Tutanmayanlar” is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant 20th-century Turkish novels," it said in a tweet.

Atay was born on Oct. 12, 1934 in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu. Following his early education in the capital Ankara, he graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s Faculty of Civil Engineering.

His novel, Tutunamayanlar (The Disconnected), brought Atay national attention, and he won the Turkish Radio and Television (TRT)’s Novel Award in 1970.

The book criticizes social change and attitude of intellectuals after 1960 in Turkey. It was identified by UNESCO in 2002 as an important literary work in need of an English translation. It has since been translated into English, Dutch, and German.