Mehmet Murat Ildan Biography


Type: Theater plays, novels

Born: 16 May, 1965 in Elazığ, Turkey


He spent one year in the English Preparatory School in Ankara at the Middle East Technical University. Then he entered the Department of Electronics in the same University and graduated with a certificate of Honor in 1988. In the same year, İldan received a Turkish Government Scholarship for Master and Ph.D. degrees in European Union Economics. In 1989 he spent 8 months in an Intensive French Course at "Centre Audio-Visuel de Langues Modernes" (CAVILAM) in Vichy, in France. In 1990 he studied Money-Finance and Banking at the University of Louis-Pasteur in Strasbourg. İldan received his master’s degree (1991) and doctoral degree (1997) from the University of Essex. His literary career started in 1993 with a poetry book called "Bright Candles"; it was written in English in England and published in Turkey in 1995. In 1997, a poem from this book was published in the Georgian Blue Poetry Anthology. Between 1993 and 1998 İldan wrote some political articles in the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet-abroad. Since 2000, he has written plays. He has published 7 plays and 25 stories. His novels "Antiquary Arago′s Diary," "Roses Underneath Paris", “The First Sorrows of Young Werther” and his story book "Lovers of Samos Island" have also been published. Two of his plays, Galileo Galilei & Emmanuel Arago′s Diary, have been accepted to the Repertory of Turkish State National Theatre. His plays Eyes of Magic, Beggar′s Prophecy and Emmanuel Arago′s Diary have also been included in the repertoire of Istanbul City Theatre. Six of his plays have been translated into English by Yurdanur Salman. His play Eyes of Magic was partly published in the "Absinthe - New European Writing" literary magazine in the USA. İldan is a member of "Playwrights Association" in Istanbul; "Turkish Authors Association (TAA)" in Ankara; "Professional Association of Owners of Scientific and Literary Works" in Istanbul; and "International P.E.N. -Turkish P.E.N. Association" in Istanbul. Published works: Ormanın Hayaletleri (Ghosts of Forest), play, 2000. Sakyamuni (Shakyamuni), play, 2000. Büyünün Gözleri (Eyes of Magic), play, 2000. Galileo Galilei, play, 2001. Dilencinin Kehaneti (Beggar′s Prophecy), play, 2001. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, play, 2002. William Shakespeare, play, 2002. Antikacı Arago′nun Günlüğü (Antiquary Arago′s Diary), novel, 2005. Paris′in Altındaki Güller (Roses Underneath Paris), novel, 2006. Sisam Adası Aşıkları (Lovers of Samos Island), story, 2006. Genç Werther′in İlk Acıları (The First Sorrows of Young Werther), novel, 2007.

Mehmet Murat Ildan Quotes

Without mathematics, your world becomes foggy! For a clear vision, you need to be educated in the Temple of Mathematics!

Are you unhappy? Ok. Being unhappy is a part of life; no big deal! Continue your life because neither unhappiness nor happiness drop anchor in your life!

A thought which is created in a second can change the thousand years of the World!

We must be loyal to the truth, not to our words! Change your words if they are not compatible with the truth; go back on your words, throw them to the bin!

You may hear bad words but you always use soft words that carry the air of flowers!

If your words touch the hearts, that’s good; if your words touch the minds, that’s better and if your words touch both the hearts and the minds, that is the best!

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