Story: Selim İleri


The award ceremony for Aydın Doğan Award was held at 19:30, on Tuesday, April 10 2012, at the Hilton Hotel Pavilion and Ball Room. The award, organized by the Aydın Doğan Foundation for the past 16 years, aims to reward each year the most prestigious, well-known people at the peak of their professions, who have contributed to their country, to the world and to humanity, and who have dedicated themselves to creativity in various fields such as culture, the arts, literature and science.

The foundation decided that 2012’s Aydın Doğan Foundation award should be granted in the “Photography” section. The Aydın Doğan Foundation has been organizing the award ceremony in honor of its founder since 1996.

The selection committee for Aydın Doğan Award given in the field of Story included Doğan Hızlan (Chair), Nursel Duruel, Prof. Dr. İnci Enginün, Semih Gümüş, Özcan Karabulut, Prof. Dr. Jale Parla, Hüseyin Su, A. Ömer Türkeş and Metin Celal Zeynioğlu, and met on Monday, February 27th, 2012 where it conducted an open debate and elimination process among the award nominees. The committee chose to reward Selim İleri with the Aydın Doğan Award in Literature for his unique place in Turkish literature in light of the numerous stories, novels and essays written during his long literary life; for embracing the traditional narrative, while creating his own language and tone, and representing a bridge between tradition and novelty, and for his contribution to Turkish literature, not only as a storyteller, but throughout his literary life.

Selim İleri’s Biography
İleri was born on April 30th, 1949 in İstanbul. He graduated from Atatürk High School in 1968 and studied at İstanbul University Law School for a period. He left his studies and devoted himself wholly to writing. His first article was published in Yeni Ufuklar magazine and his first collection of stories, “Saturday Loneliness” was published in 1968. His first novel “Epic Hearts” was published in 1973. İleri became the manager of the arts page of Dünya Newspaper in 1979. Then he became the Editor in Chief at Argos magazine. He created “From the Notebook of Selim İleri”, “Literary Hemisphere” and “Literary Space” for state broadcaster TRT. For a long period of time, he wrote a column entitled “Writing Room” for daily Cumhuriyet. He has been writing in the Saturday Supplement of daily Zaman since 2008.