Tezer Özlü

Tezer Özlü (September 10, 1943, Kütahya – February 18, 1986, Zurich), Turkish writer.


She was born in Simav. She spent his childhood in Simav, Ödemiş and Gerede, where her parents worked. She came to Istanbul when she was 10 years old. She went to Austrian Girls' High School ( Avusturya Lisesi ); but she didn't graduate. She went abroad in 1961. She toured Europe by hitchhiking in 1962-1963. She married actress and writer Güner Sümer, whom she met in Paris, in 1964. Together they settled in Ankara. During this period when Sümer was working at AST, Özlü worked as a German translator. In the 1963-64 season in AST, he played in Brendan Behan's Gizli Ordu (Secret Army), directed by Sümer.[1][2] She left Sumer and settled in Istanbul. She stayed in the psychiatry clinics of different hospitals in Istanbul between 1967-1972, intermittently due to her illness. She wrote about her childhood experiences and the times she stayed in the clinic in the book Çocukluğun Soğuk Geceleri.[3] She married the director Erden Kıral in 1968. From this marriage, in 1973, her daughter Deniz was born. She went to Berlin in 1981 on a scholarship. Meanwhile, he left Kıral. She met Hans Peter Marti, a Swiss-born artist living in Canada, and married Marti in 1984 and settled in Zurich.[4] She died here on February 18, 1986 of breast cancer. Her grave is in Aşiyan Mezarlığı.[5] Özlü was portrayed by Yelda Reynaud in her ex-wife Erden Kıral's film Yolda, in which she tells about the events during the shooting of the movie Yol.


Her first book is Eski Bahçe, which consists of her stories published in magazines since 1963. The book was first published in 1978. Her first novel, Çocukluğun Soğuk Geceleri, was published in 1980. Following in the footsteps of three writers who had a profound effect on her, Svevo, Kafka and Pavese , her second novel was published in 1983 as Auf den Spuren eines Selbstmords (In Search of a Suicide). The book, which won the 1983 Marburg Literary Award, was rewritten by the author in a sense in Turkish under the name of Yaşamın Ucuna Seyahat, and was published as such in 1984. Her first story book, "Eski Bahçe", was published in 1987 with the name "Eski Bahçe - Eski Sevgi", together with the stories she wrote later, after the death of the author. Gergedan Magazine published a "photobiography" in memory of the author in its 13th issue. Some parts of her diary and narratives were brought together in a small booklet called The Remains (1990). Most of the German texts in this book were translated into Turkish by Sezer Duru. Özlü's unpublished screenplay, Zaman Dışı Yaşam, was also published in 1993 by Yapı Kredi Yayınları (YKY), which publishes all of the author's works. In this series, there is also Tezer Özlü'den Leyla Erbil'e Mektuplar (1995), which consists of the letters that the author wrote to his friend Leyla Erbil.[6] In addition, Özlü's book, "Her Şeyin Sonundayım" consisting of his correspondence with her writer friend Ferit Edgü, was published in 2010 with the label of SEL Yayıncılık.[6] She translated Wolfgang Hildesheimer's work "Mr. Walser's Crows" into Turkish and adapted it for the radio.[7]

  • Eski Bahçe (1978)
  • Çocukluğun Soğuk Geceleri (1980)
  • Auf den Spuren eines Selbstmords (1983)
  • Yaşamın Ucuna Yolculuk (1984)
  • Eski Bahçe - Eski Sevgi (1987)
  • Kalanlar (1995)
  • Zaman Dışı Yaşam (2000).


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090213051503/http://ankarasanattiyatrosu.com.tr/1963-1964.php#2.G%C4%B0ZL%C4%B0%20ORDU. Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121010161912/http://www.cafrande.org/?p=17410. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Özlü, Tezer (October 2004). Çocukluğun Soğuk Geceleri. Yapı Kredi Yayınları.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121010161912/http://www.cafrande.org/?p=17410. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.kimkimdir.gen.tr/kimkimdir.php?id=3715. Retrieved 5 April 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Sönmez, Sevengül. "Sana ne yazabilirim ki?". radikal.com.tr. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  7. ^ "- YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 5 April 2022.