Cities of Women, Murathan Mungan
Metis Fiction
Short Stories
13 x 19.5 cm, 296 pp
ISBN No. 975-342-665-7

1st Print: March 2008
2nd Print: August 2008
Murathan Mungan
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About the Author
One of the most prominent and prolific contemporary writers of Turkey, Murathan Mungan has published poetry, short stories, plays, novels, screenplays, radio plays, essays, film and theater criticism, and political columns. He has over fifteen poetry books, among them Osmanlıya Dair Hikâyat (Stories on the Ottomans, 1981), Metal (1994) and Yaz Geçer (Summer Too Passes, 1992) which has attained the status of a cult book due to its continuing popularity. A selection of his poems were translated and published in Kurdish as Li Rojhilatê Dilê Min (In the East of my Heart, 1996). His works have also been translated into Bosnian, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Persian and Swedish. Most recently a selection of his short stories were published in German under the title Palast Des Ostens (2006) and his semi-autobiographical narrative Paranın Cinleri (Money Djinns, 1997) in Greek this year. An Italian translation of the same work is forthcoming. Also his 2004 novella Çador (Chador) will be published in French and Italian. Mungan’s trilogy of plays, “The Mesopotamian Trilogy” has enjoyed successful theater runs across the country and the last play of the trilogy, Geyikler Lanetler (Deer Curses, 1992) is on the 2007 program of the Arca Azzura Theater in Italy. His latest publications in Turkish are Kâğıt Taş Kumaş (Paper Stone Fabric, 2007) a play in three parts; Büyümenin Türkçe Tarihi (The History of Growing Up in Turkish, ed., 2007), a volume of short stories from the history of modern Turkish literature, edited in collaboration with the foremost literary critics in the country; and most recently, Yedi Kapılı Kırk Oda (Forty Rooms with Seven Doors, 2007), a book of short stories.
Other Books from Metis
Yaz Geçer (Summer Too Passes), 1992, poetry
Çador (Chador), 2004, novella
Geyikler Lanetler (Deer Curses, The Mesopotamian Trilogy III), 1992, play
Paranın Cinleri (Money Djinns), 1997, narrative
Yüksek Topuklar (High Heels), 2002, novel

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Murathan Mungan
Cities of Women

Kadından Kentler
This book brings together 16 stories taking place in 16 different cities in Turkey, each telling about the confrontation of two women confined or cornered by their conditions. Each story brings a close look at women from different social strata, shedding light on Turkey's transformations through the identity of women and cities. "I tried to construct a structure progressing with moments between geography and identities," says Mungan. An immediate bestseller, Cities of Women reads like a novel, with its vivid characters and subtle details.

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