THE LITERATURE OF ERENDİZ ATASÜ
  prepared by Günseli Sönmez İşçi
  Proceedings of The Symposium on Erendiz Atasü's
  Work, Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversity, İstanbul, May 2012,
  Can Publishing, İstanbul 2013

On Collections of Stories and Essays:

  • Adnan YÜCEL, "Interview with Erendiz Atasü", Sanat Edebiyat '81, p. 21-23, February, 1983.

  • Ali CENGÎZKAN, "Roses Engraved in Marble", Adam Öykü, 15, p. 158-159, April, 1998.

  • Asalet ERTEN, "Translating Erendiz Atasü's 'A Church in Harput'", Journal of Translation Studies, Hacettepe University, 10, p. 51-55, December 2000.

  • Ayla KUTLU, "Seeing a Writer Through a Book", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 624, p.12-13, January 3, 2002. A survey on MY WOMANHOOD, AUTHORSHIP, and MY COUNTRY.

  • Ayla KUTLU, "High and Sensitive Literature", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 977, p.22-23, 6 Nov. 2008 : Writer Ayla Kutlu, evaluates the stories in Death of the Fig Tree

  • Ayten SÜRER, "With Erendiz Atasü on Stories, Women, and Feminism", Saçak, 50, p. 47-49, March, 1988. Interview with the writer on story writing, women and feminism.

  • Ayten SÜRER, "A Writer's Life is a Writer's Material", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 407, p. 10-11, December 4, 1997. Interview with the writer on ROSES ENGRAVED IN MARBLE, BEAUTIFUL WITH HIM, and WOMEN ALSO EXIST.

  • Beatrix CANER, "A Writer with a Social Stand-point", Gösteri, 284, p.31, Oct.2006

  • Berat ALANYALI, "Psychological Climates: On The Anavoidable Rise Of the Porter ", Öykü Teknesi, 6, p. 16-8, Nov.-Dec. 2008: Analysis of the so called story in the book İNCİR AĞACININ ÖLÜMÜ (Death of a Fig Tree)

  • Buket UZUNER, "To Resist or to Give In", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 161, p. 6, March 25, 1993. On BEAUTIFUL WITH HIM.

  • Canan KORYÜREK, "Those Whose Fire for Creation Keeps on Burning Will Keep on Writing", Cumhuriyet Kitap 577, p. 6-7, March 8, 2001. Interview with the author on MY WRITERS.

  • Canan KORYÜREK, "Happy Moments", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 1064, p.8, 8 July 2010: On THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF LIFE

  • Cumhuriyet Ankara, "We are loosing our social memory",Cumhuriyet Ankara, 212, p.16, 25 July 2008: Interview with the writer on Ankara, and on her book , IN THE TRAP OF MISERABLE THINKING" a collection of essays.

  • Çağlar DEMİRBAĞ, "Why Does A Tree Die?", Radikal Kitap,380, p.8, 27 June 2008: Evaluation of Death of aFig Tree

  • Dilek DİRENÇ, "A Writer Looks Back: Women Throughout Generations", Tarih ve Toplum, 35(207), p. 13-18, March, 2001. A Study on the story What Remains from THE DAMNED, and on the novel THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, from the point of view of the alternative history of women.

  • Dilek DİRENÇ, "Stories From Erendiz Atasü on Ageing", Review on the Happiest Moment of life

  • Dilek DİRENÇ, "Ode to the Word that Lives Forever," 4. Didim International Days of Art and Literature, 17-18 August 2007; Akköy Journal of Culture, Art and Literature, 8(44), s. 10-14, Sept.-Oct. 2007

  • Dilek DOLTAŞ, "Equality of Men and Women, Institutions of Love", Varlık, 1045, p. 38-45, October, 1994. A comperative study on the stories, Mourning Becomes the Widow, and If Mme Butterfly Refuses To Die from MOURNING BECOMES THE WIDOW with the works of Leyla Erbil and Nazlı Eray, from the point of view of how the writers consider the problematics of womanhood, and how the similarities and the differences in there views affect their texts.

  • Dilek DİRENÇ, "Stories of Erendiz Atasü on Old Age" : Review on THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF LIFE

  • DÜŞÜN, "Problems Concerning my Work Are Solved While I Carry on My Everyday Life", Düşün, 13, p. 58-60, April, 1985: Interview with the author on THE DAMNED.

  • Elif Şahin HAMİDİ,"The Happiness of a Moment Lasts For Ever", Journal of Remzi Kİtabevi, 56, p.6, Aug. 2010 :On THE HAPPİEST MOMENT OF LIFE

  • Faruk ŞÜYÜN, "Women Also Exist", Varlık, 910, p. 32, July, 1983. Interview with the author.

  • Feride SABUNCUOĞLU, "Moments Worth Remembering from Erendiz Atasü", Dünya Kitap, 226, p.5, 6 Aug.2010 : On THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF LIFE

  • Füsun ERBULAK, "Beautiful with Him and Erendiz Atasü", Varlık, 1016, p. 59-60, May, 1992. A review on BEAUTIFUL WITH HIM from the point of view of the author's feminism.

  • Gamze AKDEMİR, "I throughly enjoyed writing the book", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 958, p.4-5, 26 June 2008 :Interview with the writer on İNCİR AĞACININ ÖLÜMÜ (Death of a Fig Tree)

  • Gamze AKDEMİR, "The Past Lives within Us", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 1060, p. 4-5, June 2010: On THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF LIFE

  • Gülgün ARIGÜMÜŞ, "Mourning Becomes the Widow", Yaba Öykü, 22(53), p. 229, January-February, 1989.

  • Gürsel AYTAÇ, "Essays of Literary Criticism in Erendiz Atasü's Work", See: Academic Works: On REFLECTIONS OF IMAGES

  • Gürsel AYTAÇ, "Death of A Fig Tree", Varlık, Book suplm., p. 8-9, May 2009; Edebiyat Yazıları - WRITINGS on LITERATURE, Phoenix, p. 251-55, Ankara, 2009 :
    Aytaç reviews the story, A Night in the Opera in the story collection DEATH of A FIG TREE .

  • Gürsel AYTAÇ, "Erendiz Atasü's Essays", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 1015, p. 4, 30 july 2009; Edebiyat Yazıları - WRITINGS on LITERATURE, Phoenix, p.313- 320, Ankara, 2009 :
    Aytaç evaluates Erendiz Atasü's essay collections Bilinçle Beden Arasındaki Uzaklık - DISTANCE BETWEEN BODY and MIND , and Düşünce Sefaletinin Kıskacında

  • Gürsel AYTAÇ, "New Stories from Erendiz Atasü", Kurgu, 5, p.150, Nov.,Dec. 2010: On THE HAPPIEST MOMENT of LIFE

  • Gülsüm BÜLBÜL, "Longing", Öykü Teknesi, 6, , p.9-10, Nov.-Dec., 2008: Analysis of the story Özlemek (Longing) in İNCİR AĞACININ ÖLÜMÜ(Death of a Fig Tree)

  • Irmak ZİLELİ, "Our Age is Against the Esence of Literature", Remzi Kitabevi Kitap Gazetesi, 31, p. 1, 4-5 31 July 2008: Interview on Death of a Fig Tree

  • İlknur KALAN, "The Author's Mission is to Penetrate into Truth", Aydınlık, 523, p. 22-23, July 27, 1997. Interview with the author on ROSES ENGRAVED IN MARBLE.

  • İsmail YILDIZ, "Pale Photos from The Happiest Moment", Radikal Kitap, 16 July, 2010: On THE HAPPİEST MOMENT OF LIFE

  • Kamuran Semra EREN, "The Story of Three Letter Words", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 465, p. 8-9, January 14, 1999. Interview with the writer on EVANESSENCE

  • Kamuran Semra EREN, "Erendiz Atasü and 'My Writers'", Hürriyet Gösteri, 227, p. 46-47, April, 2001. Interview with the writer on MY WRITERS

  • Kamuran Semra EREN, " Intertexuality Between Gravestone Engravings & Modern Literature: Erendiz Atasü and Her Roses Engraved in Marble", International Symposium of the Turcology Institute, Istanbul, Nov. 2004

  • Karin KARAKAŞLI: "Photos of Life and Death", Milliyet Kitap, p.22, July 2008 : Evaluation of Death of A Fig Tree

  • Kemal DURMAZ, "On a New Kind of Love", Edebiyat Dostları, 23-24, p. 9-13, March - April, 1989. A discussion on the writer's perspective of love, sexuality and women's liberation in her book MOURNING BECOMES THE WIDOW.

  • Korkut AKIN, "Hope Oozing from Sadness", Dünya Kitap, 71, p. 10 - 11, September 5, 1997. Evaluation and interview on the book ROSES ENGRAVED in MARBLE

  • Miraç Zeynep Özkartal, "Stories of Maturity ", Milliyet Kültür/Sanat, p. 30 June 2008: Interview on Death of a Fig Tree

  • M.Ş.ONARAN, "Erendiz Atasü's Interpretation of Life" , Cumhuriyet Kitap, 965, p. 22, 14 August 2008: On Death of a Fig Tree

  • M.Ş. ONARAN, "The Happıest Moment of Lıfe", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 1069, p. 22, 12 Aug,2010

  • Muzaffer UYGUNER, "On Women Also Exist", Aydan Aya de, p. 92-93, June, 1984.

  • Muzaffer UYGUNER, "Atasü's Latest Story Book", Çağdaş Türk Dili, 22, p. 511-512, December, 1989. On MOURNING BECOMES THE WIDOW.

  • Muzaffer UYGUNER, "Stories of Erendiz Atasü", Çağdaş Türk Dili, 53, p. 39-41, July, 1992. On BEAUTIFUL WITH HIM

  • Muzaffer UYGUNER, "Roses Engraved in Marble", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 392, p. 12, August 21,1997. On ROSES ENGRAVED IN MARBLE.

  • Nazım YILDIRIM, "The Damned", Varlık, 934, p. 28-29, July, 1985.

  • Necati MERT, "Women Also Exist", Somut, p. 9, September 23,1983.

  • Oya Batum MENTEŞE, "Three Women Story Writers and Three Discourses", Frankofoni,4, p. 255-262, 1992. A comparative study on Tomris Uyar's, Nazlı Eray's and Erendiz Atasü's stories (specially those in MOURNING BECOMES THE WIDOW) from the standpoint of "ecriture feminine" (feminine style).

  • Oya BATUM MENTEŞE, "Togatherness of Postmodernism and Feminism : Stories of Angela Carter ve Erendiz Atasü", Atılım Social Sciences Journal, 1 (2), p. 7-18, November 2011 : Comparison of Angela Carter's Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest and Erendiz Atasü's If Madam Butterfly Refuses to Die from the stand point of feminist ve postmodernist literary approaches.

  • Pınar Göksan AKER, "On Life, Literature, Books and 'Evanessence' with Erendiz Atasü, The Alchemist of Metaphors", Ankara Kültür Sanat Rehberi, 26, p. 35-46, October, 1999. Evaluation and interview on the book EVANESSENCE.

  • Pınar Göksan AKER, "Flying With Erendiz Atasü to the World of Associations and to the Past", A.Ü. Tömer Dil Dergisi, 85, p. 79-86, November, 1999. Evaluation and interview on the book EVANESSENCE

  • Reyhan YILDIRIM, "The Happiest Moment of Life", Varlık Book Supplm., 219, p.8,Aug.2010

  • Selen TOKCAN, "The Writer of Woman=Erendiz Atasü", Bir gün, 18 July 2004=Interview with the author on the new edition of WOMEN ALSO EXIST.

  • Sevda ÇALIŞKAN, "Taş Üstüne Gül Oyması - Roses Engraved in Marble", World Literature Today, Oklohoma (USA), Autumn 1997 issue.

  • Sevda ÇALIŞKAN, "Ucu - Evanessence", World Literature Today, 73(2), Oklohoma (USA), Spring 1999 issue.

  • Sevim GÜNGÖREN, "It Is Not Too Late", Saçak, 33(4), p. 56-58, May, 1984. On the themes of WOMEN ALSO EXIST, and on the writer's approach to women's problematics.

  • S.İLERİ, "About Social Positions", Zaman, 30 May 2010: On THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF LIFE

  • Şahin YILDIRIM, "An Abstract Voyage", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 731, February 19, 2004. On REFLECTIONS OF IMAGES

  • Şahin YILDIRIM, "Essays Distilled from Life-long Experience", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 744, May 20, 2004. On CONCEPT AND SLOGAN

  • Şahin YILDIRIM, "A Story Blooms Like a Bud", Dünya Kitap, 226, p.6-8, 6 Aug.2010 : Interview with the writer on THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF LIFE

  • Tarık GÜNEY, "Roses Engraved on Marble" ,Öykü Teknesi, 6, p.19, Nov-Dec, 2008: Analysis of the story Taş Üstüne Gül Oyması in the book TAŞ ÜSTÜNE GÜL OYMASI (Roses Engraved on Marble)

  • Talat HALMAN, "Beautiful with Him", World Literature Today, Oklohoma (USA), Spring 1993 issue; Talat HALMAN, "Vulnerable Characters", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 205, p. 5, January 27, 1994.

  • Tomris UYAR, "The Damned", Yeni Gündem, 18 p. 38, March 16-31, 1985.

  • Ülkü YALIM, "A Book with a Saddening Title", Çağdaş Türk Dili, 14, p.88-89, April, 1989. On MOURNING BECOMES THE WIDOW.

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On THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

  • Ahmet GÜNBAŞ, "Looking at The Other Side of the Mountain", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 552, p, 14-15, September 14,2000.

  • Ayşegül YÜKSEL, "Arguing with the Present and the Past at the Intersection Point of Fact and Fiction: The Other Side of the Mountain from Erendiz Atasü", Berna Moran'a Armağan: Türk Edebiyatına Eleştirel Bir Bakış - Gift to Berna Moran: A Critical View of Turkish Literature, (Ed: Nazan Aksoy, Bülent Aksoy), p. 233-261, İletişim, İstanbul, 1997: A structuralist study of the "multilayer fictional text: The analysis of the corelations and subunities of the defined three layers of narration.

  • Barry THARAUD, "The View From Mount Uludağ", EDEBİYAT, The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures, University of North Dakota (USA), 13 (1/2003): Tharaud in his extensive review of the novel, which he describes as a "fascinating interweaving of historical events, rememberances, and fiction", dwells mainly on the themes of social and personal disillusionment and betrayal; and portrays how the characters when faced with the "brutality of the 20th. Century" and the fragility of human condition, react; whether they can transfer disappointment into "an oppurtunity for learning and striving for personal freedom", or not. The critic finds the beginning and the ending of the novel, which he considers to be written under the influence of Virginia Woolf, less successful than the "inherently fascinating" central part presenting the adventure of the 20th. century Turkey, which will "appeal to Turks and non-Turks alike", a story "greatly enhanced by Atasü's skillful telling of her story, as a story".

  • Burcu ÖZCAN, "The Other Side of the Mountain and I", Kum, 2 p. 8, April, 1999:. Personal reflections about the novel.

  • CUMHURİYET KİTAP, "The Other Side of the Mountain in English", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 453, p. 13, October 22, 1998. Interview with Pınar Uşşaklı, the coordinator of the British Council on literature events, on the occassion of the appointment of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN to be introduced to the British reader on the 75th.anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

  • Çimen GÜNAY, "A Feminist Approach to The Republic: Erendiz Atasü and The Other Side of the Mountain I", Papirüs, 39, p. 38-42, May 2000.

  • Çimen GÜNAY, "A Feminist Approach to The Republic: Erendiz Atasü and The Other Side of the Mountain II", Papirüs, 40, p. 34-39, June 2000: In these consecutive articles the novel is reviewed as a modernist fiction thematizing Republican history with feminist awareness.

  • Dilek DİRENÇ: See DİRENÇ in "On Collections of Stories and Essays"

  • Dilek DOLTAŞ, "Rewriting History:The Other Side of the Mountain", Aydınlanmanın Kadınları-Women of Enlightenment (ed. Necla Arat), p. 271-287, Cumhuriyet Kitapları, İstanbul, 1998;
    Posmodernizm: Tartışmalar ve Uygulamalar - Postmodernism, Discussions and Applications, p. 171-192, Telos, İstanbul, 1999. The novel is surveyed from the aspect of literary theories and evaluated as an internalization and interpretation of history from a feminine standpoint in a multilayered textual construction, a combination of various genres, and therefore convenient for postmodernist readings.

  • Elizabeth MASLEN, "The History of Modern Turkey", Cumhuriyet Kitap, p. 1, August 24, 2000. The translator's views on the novel.

  • Erendiz ATASÜ, "Reflections of the Republic on Fictional Woman Images", Women and Men on the 75. Year, (ed: Ayşe Berktay Hacımirzaoğlu), p. 129-141, Tarih Vakfı Yayınları, İstanbul, 1998. The writer regards her work: A comparative study of the reflections of the Republican reforms on the women characters of Erendiz Atasü's DAĞIN ÖTEKİ YÜZÜ - THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, Nezihe Meriç's KORSAN ÇIKMAZI - THE PIRATE CUL DE SAC, Adalet Ağaoğlu's ÖLMEYE YATMAK - LIE DOWN TO DIE, and İnci Aral's ÖLÜ ERKEK KUŞLAR - DEAD MALE BIRDS.

  • Erendiz ATASÜ, Ayla KUTLU, "Two Writers Reflected on the Mirror of Questions", Varlık, 1070, p. 44-48, November, 1996. The writers discuss their latest works and their notions of literature.

  • Gürsel AYTAÇ, "The Other Side of the Mountain", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 305, p. 4-5, December 21, 1995. Evaluation of the novel as a "period novel", and from the point of view of the impacts of the scientific background of the author.

  • Hülya IŞIKDEMİR, "On The Other Side of the Mountain with Erendiz Atasü", Düşlem, 12, p. 17-23, Bursa, April 1998. Interview with the writer on the documentary, symbolic and fictional aspects of the novel.

  • Mahzun DOĞAN, "Suffering is a Way of Maturing", Dünya Kitap, 56, p. 1 1, June 14, 1996. Interview with the writer on THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

  • M. Sadık ASLANKARA, "Rambling on The Other Side of The Mountain", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 332, p. 12-14, June 27, 1996 A comparative study of the novel with Adalet Ağaoğlu's ÖLMEYE YATMAK (LIE DOWN TO DIE), from the aspects of Republican history, and of themes such as suicide and betrayal.

  • NEWS LETTER, "The Other Side of the Mountain", News Letter, Ankara, September, 2000.

  • Nil KORKUT-NAYKİ, "Woman’s Writing and the Body in a Turkish Context: Erendiz Atasü’s The Other Side of the Mountain", Middle Eastern Literatures, Vol 17, no 3, s.223-237, 2014: Nil KORKUT-NAYKİ in her essay, works on how Erendiz Atasü creates a woman’s writing to reveal the discrepansies a young woman of the first emancipated female generation of the Turkish Republic goes through in her relation with her body in a patriarchal environment. Korkut –Nayki argues that Atasü resorts to continual shifts in the narrative style to reveal the distance between the narrator and the protagonist , as well as to hint at the body-and soul duality of patriarchy. Another method Atasü resorts to is creating ‘’concrete imagry’’ to promote the neglected body and oppose to the idea that language is purely symbolic. Korkut-Nayki arrives at the conclusion that this novel as well as being a significant representative of contemporary Turkish literature, is an important contribution to world feminism.


  • Oya Batum MENTEŞE, "Erendiz Atasü and The Other Side of the Mountain", Varlık, 1110, p. 49-52, March 2000: Review of the novel from the standpoints of the changes the concept of historical novel has undergone and, recent literary theories.

  • Oya Batum MENTEŞE, "Specimen from Women's Literature on the 75. Anniversary of The Republic: Erendiz Atasü, Mina Urgan, Şadan Karadeniz", H.U. Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi - Journal of Letters of Hacettepe University, Cumhuriyetimizin 75. Yılı Özel Sayısı - Special Vol. for the 75. year, p. 69-80, 1999.

  • Saime GÖKSU, "Kemalism Within: The Legacy of Atatürk", Turkish-Area Studies, 51, p. 46-48, Oxford, November, 2000: It is argued that the novel which has a Kemalist spirit especially in the context of women's liberation, also criticises Kemalism from within.

  • Tarık Dursun K., "It Is Erendiz Atasü's Right!", Yeni Yüzyıl, January 9,1996.

  • Tom HOLLAND, "Ottomania", The Daily Telegraph, London, August 12, 2000: The critic compares THE STONE WOMAN of Tarık Ali with Erendiz Atasü's THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. His preferance is for Atasü's work which he defines as "a novel profoundly Turkish and yet also so creatively aware of European literary models",and claims that "it shows Turkey's soul". Cumhuriyet Kitap, 577, p. 6, March 8, 2001. The Turkish translation of the parts of Tom Holland's article, which deals with THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN.

  • Ülkü Y. GÜNAY, "What Exists on The Other Side of the Mountain", Çağdaş Türk Dili, 9(100), p. 59-61, June 1996

  • Vanesa LARSON, "Turkish Epic", Worldview, 15 (3), p. 48-49, Washington, July-September, 2002: Review on the novel from the standpoint of historical context, style and the writer's views of her country.

  • Yasemin ALPTEKİN,"The Other Side of the Mountain", Journal of Turkish Literature, 2 , p.93-104, 2005: A review of the novel from the point of view of Ying-yang philosophy.

  • Yıldız ECEVİT, "A Sincere Writer: Erendiz Atasü", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 305, p. 1, 4-6, December 21, 1995. The evaluation of the novel as the esthetizing of Kemalist ideology; and interview with the writer.

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On THAT SCORCHING SEASON OF YOUTH:

  • Ahmet YILDIZ, "Interview with Erendiz Atasü on THAT SCORCHING SEASON OF YOUTH", Ada Edebiyat, March 2000

  • Aydın ÖZAKIN, "Courage, Virtue, Happiness", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 534, p. 17, May 11,2000.

  • Ayla KUTLU, "A Novel Dividing Time To Its Atoms", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 518, p. 10-11, January 20, 2000: The study, which follows the main themes-social history and feminine sexuality-of the novel, dwells on how "time" is used as an element of structure of the text.

  • Ayten SÜRER, "The Agitations of The Third Generation of the Republic", Hürriyet Gösteri, 218, p. 62-65, April, 2000. Interview withthe author on the novel.

  • Ceylan KORYÜREK, "The Price Paid by Women Is Always High", Milliyet Sanat, 489 p. 44-46, October 1, 2000: Interview with the writer

  • Dilek DOLTAŞ, "On Sexuality, Life and Time", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 509, p. 16-17, November 18, 1999: A study on the concept of time as it is installed in the arrangement of the text, and on the metaphoric and symbolic texture and how women's sexuality is dealt with.

  • Eren AYSAN, "The Latest Novel of Erendiz Atasü: That Scorching Season of Youth: A History of Relationships", Edebiyat ve Eleştiri, 47, p. 55-58, January - February, 2000: A review on the characters of the novel and how they are impressed by the historical background.

  • Erendiz ATASÜ, "To The Readers of 'That Scorching Season of Youth'", TEB Haberler, p. 42-43, November - December 1999: The author writes about the factors stimulating the creation of her work.

  • Feridun ANDAÇ, "Towards Awareness: Erendiz Atasü", www.superonline.com/edebiyat/gundem/atasu.htm

  • Feridun ANDAÇ, "Towards Awareness: Erendiz Atasü", Dünya Cumartesi-Pazar, p. 4, September 27-28, 2003

  • İlknur KALAN, "The Thesis of the Republican Front in Our Literature", Aydınlık, 641, p. 27, October 31, 1999. A survey of the novel from the point of view of its historical dimensions.

  • İlknur KALAN, "Sadness Oosing From Sentences", Kadınlar Dünyası, p. 34-35, December 1, 1999: Interview with the writer.

  • Kamuran Semra EREN, "How Were You During 'That Scorching Season of Youth'?", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 509, p. 14-15, November 18, 1999: The deep structure of the novel is described as a "socio psychological auto-criticism of the past youth from the standpoint of the present", whereas the "surface consists of reflections of sex conflict".

  • Kamuran Semra EREN, "The Important Thing Is To Create Beauty from Painful Impressions", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 509, p. 14, November 18, 1999.Interview with the writer.

  • Kaya AKYILDIZ, "Forget Me, Don't Love Me", Birikim, 141, p. 94-100, January, 2001: Akyıldız argues that the novel is unsuccessful due to its loyalty to the elitist high culture of Kemalism and suggests that the author should have used pornography while dealing with sexuality.

  • Oya Batum MENTEŞE, "Love In Feminine Discourse: 'That Scorching Summer of Youth'", Varlık, 1119, p. 11-15, December, 2000: A study on how the "woman author" has evolved throughout literary history and on how the novel deals with love and feminine sexuality from the standpoint of recent literary theories.

  • Zeynep ALİYE, "Turkey: Land of the Insufficiently Loved Children",Cumhuriyet Kitap, 532, p. 11, April 27,2000.

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On A MIDLIFE DREAM:

  • Argiro MANTOGLOU, " Writing About the Locked Up Female Body" Bibliothiki, 405, p.18-19, 26 May 2006: A study on the structure and language of the novel from the standpoint of women's literature; ÇEV: Pınar Karababa, Varlık, 112479, s.66-67, Eylül 2007

  • Asuman KAFAOĞLU-BÜKE, "A Midlife Dream", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 660, p. 23, October 10, 2002: The article emphasises the "social themes appearing on the surface of the novel and "the hidden themes such as supressed sexual identities and searches for identity".

  • Dilek DOLTAŞ, "If Feride, The Wren, Had Lived In The '90's", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 656, p. 6-7, September 12, 2002. A comparative review on the novel and on ÇALIKUŞU as "narratives witnessing a period", and from the standpoint of the characters.

  • Feridun ANDAÇ, "Do We Have to Deal with Repentant Marxists?", Dünya Cumartesi-Pazar, p. 4, September 27-28, 2003: Interview with the writer.

  • Kamuran Semra EREN, "Erendiz Atasü Now Appears with A Midlife Dream" Cumhuriyet Kitap, 656, p. 1, 4-5, September 12, 2002: A study on the novel and an interview with the author.

  • Konur ERTOP, "A Way of Creativity in Literature: Making Use of Tradition", Dünya Pazar, p. 8, September 21-22, 2002. An evalution of the novel as a "negative utopia", and from the point of view of its references to ÇALIKUŞU.

  • Mustafa Şerif ONARAN, "The Interpretation of A Sleepless Dream", E, 42, p. 14-16, September, 2002: An approach to the thematic thoughts in the novel.

  • Nalan BARBAROSOĞLU, "Interview with Erendiz Atasü", Varlık, 1142, p. 46-49, November, 2002: Interview on the novel.

  • Nermin SAYIN, "Feride in Erendiz Atasü's Latest Novel or a Broken Doll", Dünya Kitap, 131, p. 18, September 6, 2002. On the protagonist of the novel.


  • Nur ORAL, "'A Midlife Dream': The Novel of Discovering Life", Hürriyet Gösteri, 241, p. 5-8, September 2002: Interview with the author.

  • Oya Batum MENTEŞE, "Erendiz Atasü and 'A Midlife Dream'", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 656, p. 5-6, September 12, 2002: The novel described as being "multilayered", is approached through its canvas - intertwining social themes and themes such as love, sexuality, inner conflicts and searches of identity

  • Oya Batum MENTEŞE, "The Novels of Erendiz Atasü and 'A Midlife Dream'", Frankofoni, p. 359-368, Bizim Büro, Ankara 2004

  • Sema ULUDAĞ, "A Mirror Reflecting Inner Selves", Radikal Kitap, 77, p. 10, September 6, 2002. Interview with the writer on the novel.

  • Şebnem ATILGAN, "A Social and Personal Midlife Dream: Erendiz Atasü", E, 42, p. 9-13, September, 2002: Interview with the author on the novel.

  • Tamer KÜTÜKÇÜ, "A Mid-life Dream", Varlik, 1150, p. Kitap Eki 6-9, July 2003: The evaluation of the book as a novel of social history.


  • Tülin ER, "A Dream", Varlık, 1142, p. 50, November, 2002: lmpressions about the novel.

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On The The Age of Open Debate:

  • Ayla KUTLU, " The Age of Open Debate", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 845, p.3, 27 April 2006: A review presenting the novel as a criticism of globalization

  • Çiğdem ÜLKER, " The Age Of Open Debate", Edebiyat ve Eleştiri, 86-87, p.20-23, June 2006: A review of the novel from the standpoint of its themes such as problems on medication, virtualization of reality in the postmodern era, the analyses of intelectuals supporting globalization

  • Duru OKAY, " Global Man", Remzi Kitabevi Kitap Gazetesi, 2, p.6, February 2006: An aproach to the novel from the standpoint of the critisicm of globalization.


  • Dürrin TUNÇ: "What is Unsaid in Open Debates", Picus, January 2006: Interview with the writer on her novel THE AGE OF OPEN DEBATE

  • Faik ATAÇ,"Erendiz Atasü: A Feministic Sensibility in Our Literature", Hedef Sağlık, 7(25) p.30-32, June 2006 26 January 2006: Survey on the novel


  • Günseli Sönmez İŞÇİ, "Alienation in The Age Of Open Debate", Varlık, 112479, p.35-42, Dec., 2008: İŞÇİ regards the novel from the view point of modernist literature. She differantiates three main motives in the novel that maintain the organic unity of the work, and names them as "The Shdow of the East", "loss of sensitivity", and "the implication that things may not be as they seem to be". She analyses how the novalist has placed these motives in the structure of the novel as well as in the inner worlds of the characters. She concludes that the novel is a mirror for the reader where he or she may seek the answers of questions such as "Who am I?" and "Where do I stand?"


  • İnci ARAL, "The Shadow of the East", Radikal Kitap, 253, p.10-11, 20 January 2006-02-16: Survey on the novel


  • K. Semra EREN, "This Novel Should Be Discussed in Open Debate", Cumhiyet Kitap, 832, p.5-6, 26 January 2006: Survey on the novel


  • K. Semra EREN, "Erendiz Atasü's Discourse and Style: The Age of Open Debate", 4. Didim International Days of Art and Literature, 17-18 August 2007; Akköy Journal of Culture, Art and Literature, 8(44)p14-16, Sept.-Oct. 2007 26 January 2006: Survey on the novel


  • Oya Batum MENTEŞE: "Erendiz Atasü and The Age of Open Debate", Varlık 1182, p.57-60, March 2006: A study on the structure of the book its historical social context


  • Pınar HİSAR, " Interview with Erendiz Atasü, Edebiyat ve Eleştiri, 86-87, p.14-19, June 2006


  • Şahin YILDIRIM, "I Wished to Draw a Panorama of Turkey", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 832 ,p. 4-5, 26 January 2006: Interview with the writer

  • Şahin YILDIRIM, " Interview with Erendiz Atasü", Virgül, 94, p.28-29, April 2006


  • Tolga MERİÇ,"The Age of Open Forum",Caretta 5(6),p84-87,March 2006


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On The Real Life of Güneş Saygılı:

  • Dilek DİRENÇ, "Güneş Saygılı's Real Life", Varlık, 112479 20011/12, p.72-77, dec. 2011: Analysis of the novel from the points of view of themes, images, and intertextuality

  • Dilek DİRENÇ, "Voyage to Future in Atasü's First and Last Novels, in The Other Side of the Mountain(1995), and Güneş Saygılı's Real Life (2011)" : Comparison of the novels and their attitude towards future

  • Gamze AKDEMİR, "I wanted to write a narration with depth about Turkey", Cumhuriyet Kitap, 1138, p. 16-17, 8 Dec, 2011 : Interviw with the writer on her book

  • Naim Atabağsoy, Personal History of a Woman, Mililiyet Sanat, p.106-7, dec. 2011 : Interview with the writer

  • Nermin SAYIN, The Last Bloom of The Steppe, Dünya Kitap, 241, p.38-9, Dec. 2011 : Analysis of the novel from the standpoint of the real (inner) life of its protagonist

  • Selim İLERİ, "Thirty Years with Erendiz Atasü" Radikal Kitap, 558, p.27, 25 nov. 2011 : Selim İleri's talk on the novel in the open debate of Erendiz Atasü'nün 30 th. Year as a Writer(İstanbul İnternational Book Fair 20 Nov. 2011)

  • Sırma KÖKSAL, "Wrong Lives", Radikal Kitap, 560, p. 4-5, 9 Dec. 2011 : Review of the novel

  • Türey KÖSE, "Farewell Letter to a Dying Capital", Cumhuriyet Ankara, p.A3, 27 March 2012



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Academic Works:

Symposium Papers:

  • Banu YÖRÜK, "An Analysis of Lacanian Concept in A.S.Byatt's Possessions and Erendiz Atasü's Dağın Öteki Yüzü", (Master thesis) , İstanbul Beykent University, İnstitution of Social Sciences, 2008

  • Çimen GÜNAY, "A Feminist Survey of The Republic", Symposium of Turkish Woman Novelists and Story Writers, Bilkent University, Ankara, April 8-10, 1999, (see. Çimen Günay in "On THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN")

  • Deniz BAŞKAYA, "An Analysis of Cultural and Linguistic Transfer in the Translation of Dağın Öteki Yüzü" (Master thesis) İzmir Dokuz Eylül University, Institute of Social Sciences, 2004

  • Dilek DİRENÇ, "Between Generations Across Cultures: Exploring Female Memory", The International Fiction Review, 29(1-2), p. 62-68, 2002: A comparative study on the works by Ayla Kutlu, Erendiz Atasü, Eudora Welty and Katherine Anne Porter, from the point of view of the writers' approaches to the alternative history of women.

  • Dilek DOLTAŞ, "Making History, Fiction and Theory Reconcile: An Esthetic Reading of The Other Side of the Mountain", PALA Centential Conference on "New Pasts, Old Futures", Bern University, April, 1998.

  • Filiz AK, "Gender and Politics in the Turkish Novel after 1980", (supervisor: Oya Çitçi); Studies on the works of Ayla Kutlu, Oya Baydar, and Erendiz Atasü, Turkish and Middle-Eastern Institute of Public Administration, 2005

  • Gürsel AYTAÇ, "Essays of Literary Criticism in Erendiz Atasü's Work", Literature Days in Bursa, April 2004

  • K. Semra EREN, See works on Collection of Short Stories: The International Symposium of the TURCOLOGY Institute, ISTANBUL, Nov. 2004.


  • K. Semra EREN, "Places in The Age of Open Debate", International Symposium an Language, Literature and Stylistics, Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta, 1 June 2006: A study on how places effective in the globalization process of Turkey are installed in the structure of the book


  • K. Semra EREN, "Time and Place in Erendiz Atasü's Novels", 8. Bursa Edebiyat Günleri, March 2003.

  • Maria SIAKALLI, "Three Generations of Turkish Women Through the Literature of Three Turkish Novelists: Duygu Asena, Erendiz Atasü, Elif Şafak" (Master thesis), İstanbul Bilgi University, Institute of Social Sciences, 2009

  • Oya Batum MENTEŞE, "The History of Culture, The Culture of History", Proceedings of the Second Cultural Studies Seminar, p. 45-53, Ege University, Izmir, 1997: A comparative study on THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN and Pat Barker's REGENERATION from the standpoint of historical approach.

  • Sevda ÇALIŞKAN, "A Master of Tangible Images: Erendiz Atasü", Symposium of Turkish Woman Novelists and Story Writers, Bilkent University, Ankara, April 8-10, 1999; Varlık 1159, pp. 34-38, April 2004: A study on how ideas are expressed by metaphors and symbols in the books, WOMEN ALSO EXIST, THE DAMNED, MOURNING BECOME THE WIDOW, BEAUTIFUL WITH HIM, ROSES ENGRAVED IN MARBLE and EVANESSENCE and THE OTHER SİDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

  • Sevda ÇALIŞKAN, "A Master of Tangible Images: Erendiz Atasü", Symposium of Turkish Woman Novelists and Story Writers, Bilkent University, Ankara, April 8-10, 1999: A study on how ideas are expressed by metaphors and symbols in the books, WOMEN ALSO EXIST, THE DAMNED, MOURNING BECOME THE WIDOW, BEAUTIFUL WITH HIM, ROSES ENGRAVED IN MARBLE and EVANESSENCE and THE OTHER SİDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

  • Sibel İzmirli, "Suicide in The Other Side of the Mountain and Mrs. Dolloway ", 5.IDEA Conference, Atılım Universitesi, Ankara, 24-26 Nisan 2010

Thesis and Seminars:

  • Alev ÖNDER, "Woman in the Works of Erendiz Atasü" Çukurova University, Turkish Language and Literature section (PhD dissertation, instructer: Bedri Aydoğan) :Evaluaton of Erendiz Atasü’s work and her women chracters within the context of world and Turkish women’s movement, feminist theory, Turkish literature, and also autobiographic elements and the woman’s discourse she creates, promoting her critical attitude towards gender hiererchy.

  • Ayşegül GÜNGÖR, (instructor: Gürsel AYTAÇ), "Various Critisms in Erendiz Atasü's 'The Other Side of the Mountain'", Ankara University, Institute of Social Sciences, Ankara, February, 1997.

  • Bilge ZİLELİ, (instructor: Sevda ÇALIŞKAN), "A Woman's Discovery", METU, January 9, 2001.

  • Buket ŞAFAK, (instructor: Bilge CİLASUN), "Women as a Theme in Erendiz Atasü's Stories", Hacettepe University, 1999


  • Cumhur Yılmaz MADRAN, (instructor: Sevda ÇALIŞKAN), "History with Hindsight: A Feminine Perspective in 'The Other Side of the Mountain'", METU, February, 2001.

  • Filiz AK (advisor:Oya ÇİTÇİ), "Gender and Politics in Turkish Novels Written after 1980" : On works of Erendiz ATASÜ, Oya BAYDAR, and Ayla KUTLU, Türkiye ve Orta Doğu Amme İdaresi Enstitüsü (Turkish and Middle-Eastern Institute of Public Administration), 2005

  • Hüseyin ARAK (advisor Gürsel AYTAÇ), "Comparison of the Critical Essays of Some 20th century German and Turkish Authors: Herman Hesse, Thomas Mann, Selim Yleri Erendiz Atasü", Erciyes University, 2001

  • Karin SCHWEISSGUT, FREMDHEİTSERFAHRUNGEN (Alienation), Verlag Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2006 :
    Karin Schweissgut, in her ph D. thesis prepared at the Turcology Department of Berlin Frei Üniversitat, discusses the concepts of social and cultural alienation as expressed in the works (published during the 1980-2000 period) of Erendiz Atasü, Ayla Kutlu, İnci Aral, Nerva Bucak, Latife Tekin, and Aslı Erdoğan, six contemporary Turkish women writers. Among Atasü's work, she has chosen the short stories Yabancı Bir Göğün Altında (Under a Foreign Sky) in MOURNİNG BECOMES THE WIDOW, and Bir Tren Yolculuğu (A Train Journey ) in WOMEN ALSO EXIST.


  • Mine ÖZYURT, (instructor: Sevda ÇALIŞKAN), "Unveiling the Veil: A Study on Erendiz Atasü's 'The Other Side of the Mountain'", METU, December, 2000: "Unveiling th Veiled Self", Edebiyat, Vo 13, No 2, p.199-209, 2003

  • Nil KORKUT, (instructor: Sevda ÇALIŞKAN), "Woman's Bodily Alienation as a Theme in 'The Other Side of the Mountain'", METU, January 31, 2001.

  • Selçuk TATAR, "Time and Place in Feminist Distopias" (MA thesis; instructer : Dilek Direnç), Ege University, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2015 : Three distopias, Merge Piercy’s Woman at the Edge of Time, Doris Lessing’s Memoirs of a Survivor’, Erendiz Atasü‘s The Real Life of Güneş Saygılı' are comparatively studied from the point of view of time/place/freedom interactions.

  • Selen AKTARI, (instructor: Sevda ÇALIŞKAN), "'The Other Side of the Mountain' As An Autobiographical Novel", METU, April 2, 2001.

  • Tuba PALABIYIK, (instructor: Serif AKTAS), "Women and Their Problems in Erendiz Atasü's Short Stories", Gazi University, Faculty of Science and Letters, Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Ankara 2003: The thesis starts with a short evaluation of Atasü's work in general, then proceeds into an intensive study of women characters from the stand points of the search for social and sexual identity, the search for love and compassion, political thoughts and activities, opposition to social and patriarchal opression, and motherhood.

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