A physicist by training, Aslı Erdoğan is a prize-winning writer and columnist. After working as a particle physicist at CERN, Erdoğan debuted as a novelist in 1994 with The Shell Man. Her major breakthrough came with The City in Crimson Cloak in 1998, a well reviewed book in Turkey, Europe and US. Her latest book The Stone Buildingreceived the most prestigious literary award, Sait Faik, in Turkey in 2010 and is currently being translated into Swedish, Norwegian and French.
Erdoğan has published over 200 articles nationally and internationally, and her works; novels, collections of poems, short stories, poetic prose, travel essays and political articles, have been transleted into many languages.
Aslı Erdoğan has tackled controversial issues such as torture, human rights violations in prisons, violence against women and Kurdish rights ever since she began her journalistic career at the left-wing intellectual newspaper RADİKAL in 1998. As a result, she has been persecuted in a variety of ways, lost her job more than once, subjected to lynch campaigns and she has had to live in exile for several years. She is still writing for Özgür Gündem, a bilungual paper of Kurdish press.
About Aslı Erdoğan
Aslı Erdoğans webpage
Krakow City of Literature UNESCO: Krakow Is a Shelter for a New ICORN Fellow, Aslı Erdoğan
In Dialogue: Asli Erdogan and Cécile Oumhani (from ICORN babel magazine 2007)