Mario Levi Born Istanbul, Turkey Occupation Writer, journalist, Scholar Nationality Turkish
Mario Levi was born in 1957 in Istanbul. He graduated from Saint Michel High School in 1975, from Istanbul University the Faculty of Literature French Language and Literature Department in 1980. His first articles were published in the newspaper "Şalom". These were followed by his other articles in the publication organs like "Cumhuriyet", "Studyo Imge", "Milliyet Sanat", "Gosteri", "Argos", "Gergedan", "Varlik".
His first published book is called "Jacques Brel: A Lonely Man" (1986). This book is a novelized version of his university graduation thesis. His first story book “Not Being Able to Go to a City" was published in 1990. This book having autobiographic qualities is like an account of the writer with both his loves, his childhood and pre-teen years. The book won the Haldun Taner Story Prize of the year. His second story book, "Madame Floridis May not Return" published in 1991, includes the people of Istanbul who have difficulty in adapting to the minority group and the society. In 1992, his first novel called “Our Best Love Story" was published. Then a long silence took place. His 800-page novel, "Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale", published in 1999, is the story of a Jewish family who lived in Istanbul between the 1920s and 1980s. The heroes of the other minorities of the city are also seen in this novel.
Mario Levi, in addition to being a writer, has also been a French teacher, an importer, a journalist, a radio programmer and a copywriter. He is still giving lectures at Yeditepe University. He also teaches creative writing to the people who have set their hearts on trying to express their thoughts.
Levi’s latest novel “Where Were You When Darkness Fell?” was published in January 2009, which has received very good reviews.
Jacques Brel: A Lonely Man (Jacques Brel: Bir Yalnız Adam) (1986), biography.
Not Being Able to Go to a City (Bir Şehre Gidememek), 1990, stories.
Madame Floridis May not Return (Madam Floridis Dönmeyebilir), 1991, stories.
Our Best Love Story (En Güzel Aşk Hikayemiz), 1992, novel.
Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale (İstanbul Bir Masaldı), 1999, novel.
Amusement park closed (Lunapark Kapandı), 2005, novel.
It was a Summer Rain (Bir yaz Yağmuruydu), 2005, novel.
Where Were You When Darkness Fell (Karanlık Çökerken Neredeydiniz?), 2009, novel.
Works in the other Languages
Istanbul war ein Märchen (İstanbul bir Masaldı) Suhrkamp Verlag © 2008 - Germany - [www.suhrkamp.de]
Wo wart ihr, als die Finsternis hereinbrach? (Karanlık Çökerken Neredeydiniz?) Suhrkamp Verlag © 2011 - Germany - [www.suhrkamp.de]
Istanbul era una favola (İstanbul bir Masaldı) Baldini Castoldi Dalai editore © 2007 - Italy [www.bcdeditore.it]
La nostra più bella storia d’amore (En Güzel Aşk Hikayemiz) Baldini Castoldi Dalai editore © 2008 - Italy [www.bcdeditore.it]
Turkish Literature Folk Medieval and
OttomanImadaddin Nasimi · Muhammad Fuzuli · Bâkî · Nef‘î · Nedîm · Şeyh Gâlib · Evliya Çelebi · Kâtib Çelebi · Yirmisekiz Mehmed Çelebi · Aşık Çelebi · Ziya Pasha · Şemsettin Sami · Namık Kemal · Ahmed Midhat Efendi · Tevfik Fikret · Cenâb Şehâbeddîn · Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil · Ahmet Haşim · Ömer Seyfettin · Mehmet Emin Yurdakul · Ali Canip Yöntem · Mirza Habib Esfahani · Fatma Aliye Topuz
ContemporaryHalide Edip Adıvar · Reşat Nuri Güntekin · Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu · Mehmet Fuat Köprülü · Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı · Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar · Orhan Kemal · Murathan Mungan · Orhan Hançerlioğlu · Samim Kocagöz · Semiha Ayverdi · Tarık Buğra · Yusuf Atılgan · Yaşar Kemal · Fakir Baykurt · Bilge Karasu · Oğuz Atay · Tomris Uyar · Ahmet Altan · Orhan Pamuk · Elif Şafak · Memduh Şevket Esendal · Kenan Hulusi Koray · Sait Faik Abasıyanık · Kemal Tahir · Haldun Taner · Aziz Nesin · Suut Kemal Yetkin · Sabahattin Ali · Kemal Bilbaşar · Cemil Meriç · Ruşen Eşref Ünaydın · Nurullah Ataç · Behçet Necatigil · Necati Cumalı · Ayfer Tunç · Yekta Kopan · Ahmet Kutsi Tecer · Şevket Süreyya Aydemir · Mehmet Emin Yurdakul · Ziya Gökalp · Orhan Veli Kanık · Oktay Rıfat Horozcu · Melih Cevdet Anday · Nazım Hikmet · Rıfat Ilgaz · Cemal Süreya · İlhan Berk · Turgut Uyar · Edip Cansever · Ece Ayhan Çağlar · Sezai Karakoç · Tevfik Akdağ · Ülkü Tamer · Neyzen Tevfik · Ahmet Haşim · Yahya Kemal Beyatlı · Abdülhak Şinasi Hisar · Orhan Seyfi Orhon · Enis Behiç Koryürek · Halit Fahri Ozansoy · Yusuf Ziya Ortaç · Muammer Lütfi Bakşi · Necip Fazıl Kısakürek · Vasfi Mahir Kocayürek · Sabri Esat Siyavuşgil · Cevdet Kudret · Yaşar Nabi Nayır · Ahmet Muhip Dıranas · Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı · Ziya Osman Saba · Faik Baysal · Salah Birsel · Özdemir Asaf · N. Abbas Sayar · Can Yücel · Attilâ İlhan · Güven Turan · İsmet Özel · Cem Uzungüneş · Mehmet Altun · Mehmet Erte · Küçük İskender · Faruk Nafiz Çamlıbel · Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca · Yusuf Atılgan · Murat Gülsoy · Ayşe Kulin · Yılmaz Onay
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