Mehmet Murat ildan Resmi Web Sitesi



Contemporary Turkish playwright, novelist and thinker Mehmet Murat ildan was born in Elazig on May 16, in the Eastern part of Turkey. Due to his father’s occupation, he continued his studies in capital Ankara. In 1982, high school diploma – as a first place winner – was awarded by Ankara Private Yenisehir College.

He spent one year in English Preparatory School in Ankara (at the Middle East Technical University – METU). Then in 1983, he took courses from the Department of Electronics at METU Campus in Gaziantep city as a full-time student.

In 1988, he obtained B.Sc. degree in Economics with “Certificate of Honour” (at METU in Ankara). In the same year, he also obtained a Turkish Government Scholarship by the Ministry of Education 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 – France.

In 1990, he took courses in Money-Finance and Banking as a full-time student at the University of Louis-Pasteur (ULP) in Strasbourg-France. In the same year, he took advanced courses in English for 6 months, at the Cambridge Centre for Languages in Cambridge – England.

In 1991, he got Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Essex in England. The thesis title is: “The Presence of Bubbles in Stock Prices and Stock Market Crashes: Theory, Evidence and Economic Policy.”

In 1994, while doing his Ph.D., he did his military service in Turkey.

In 1997, he was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics by the University of Essex. The thesis title is: “Private Behaviour and Feedback Economic Policy: Theory and Econometric Evidence from the United Kingdom.”


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 the years 1993 – 1998, he did not write anything literary. In 1998, he wrote stories for 6 months.

In 1999, he left his economics occupation.

From the year 2000 onwards, he started writing plays; he became a professional writer.

He has published 7 plays and 25 stories. His novels “Antiquary Arago’s Diary,” “Roses underneath Paris” and “The First Sorrows of Young Werther” and his story book “Lovers of Samos Island” have also been published.

Three of his plays, Master Moliere is Marrying, Galileo Galilei & Emmanuel Arago’s Diary, have been accepted to the Repertory of Turkish State Theatre. Also, his plays Eyes of Magic, Beggar’s Prophecy and Emmanuel Arago’s Diary have been included in the repertoire of Istanbul City Theatre.

Six of his plays have been translated into English by Yurdanur Salman, a well-known linguist in Istanbul.

His play Eyes of Magic was partly published in the “Absinthe – New European Writing” literary magazine in the USA. His play Master Moliere is Marrying has performed by Antalya State Theatre and Eyes of Magic has performed by Istanbul City Theatre.

Writer is a member of “International P.E.N. -Turkish P.E.N. Association” in Istanbul. 


His play “Eyes of Magic” got the “Best Play Award” in Istanbul Kadiköy Municipality National Playwriting Competition” in 2000.

Another play, “Beggar’s Prophecy,” became a finalist in “AQT 2005 Vancouver Canada International Playwriting Competition.”

His story “Housefly” obtained the “Secondary Place Award” in Samim Kocagöz National Story Competition. His stories Noah’s Ark, Iron Bridge, Pursuit and Endless Race found praiseworthy and published in “ZOKEV Ahmet Naim Çiladir National Story Competition.”


  • Ormanın Hayaletleri, Play, (Ghosts of Forest) 2000.
  • Sakyamuni, Play, 2000.
  • Büyünün Gözleri, Play, (Eyes of Magic) 2000.
  • Galileo Galilei, Play, 2001.
  • Dilencinin Kehaneti, Play, (Beggar’s Prophecy) 2001.
  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Play, 2002.
  • William Shakespeare, Play, 2002.
  • Antikacı Arago’nun Günlüğü, Novel, (Antiquary Arago’s Diary) 2005.
  • Paris’in Altındaki Güller, Novel, (Roses underneath Paris) 2006.
  • Sisam Adası Aşıkları, Story, (Lovers of Samos Island) 2006.
  • Genç Werther’in İlk Acıları, Novel, (The First Sorrows of Young Werther) 2007.

46 thoughts on “Mehmet Murat ildan Resmi Web Sitesi”

  1. Nick Marsden said:

    Hi Mehmet
    Iyi gunner from New Zealand. I love your words. I am in awe of your beautiful quotations!
    I am completing (I hope) a novel about disappearance and I wondered if I could borrow your:
    “Disappear while you are alive! The less you talk about yourself, the less you think about yourself, the journey to disappearance begins! Forget about yourself! Disappear!”
    It fits perfectly with the theme of my story, and I would love it as an opening quote for the novel with your consent.
    Would this be possible?
    Kindest regards,
    Nick Marsden

    Liked by 1 person

  2. maryamu e givens said:

    Mehmet I found your quotes to be beyond inspirational but the quotes make me aware of my many character flaws.


  3. Hello! Your quotations based on the “street” are very inspiring to me. Would you allow me to use a quote on social media / instagram, as it relates to my artwork? I would be interested to read more, specifically about this topic. Thank you. David Strauzz – Artist / Prague, Czech Republic


  4. Urs-Peter Stäuble said:

    I just read a statement of you: “wherever there are birds, there is hope”
    If you have time look at page of the Committee against bird slaughter CABS
    what massacre is happening in Libanon to the migratory birds!


  5. Hi, used one of your quote on my blog with your name and website address. Hope its ok with you.


  6. Dear Sir: I am writing an article for a professional publication (Focus) in the United States. I’d like to use your quote: “Little details have special talents in creating big problems!” My short article is designed to educate the reader about the need to pay attention to details related to their profession. May I use your words? I thank you very much. Bill Judge, Chicago, IL


  7. Hello Mehmet,
    I love your quotes (and I love birds too!) The freedom and wisdom in them reminds me of Rumi. Best wishes with your master work – the Book of Quotes. I look forward to reading it someday.
    Karen in Oregon


  8. Hey, where can I find your published works in English? I don’t see them on Amazon or other book sites. Am specifically looking for Galileo Galilei and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Thanks.


  9. I have come across a quotation from you that I would like to use in the Pawling Library’s email newsletter. May I have your permission?

    The quotation is:
    “You build a thousand castles, a thousand sanctuaries, you are nothing; you build a library, you are everything!”

    Unfortunately, I don’t see the source listed anywhere I find the quote, but hopefully it actually is yours.


  10. edgeofmaine2014 said:

    I added your quote “Give me an old house full of memories and I will give you a hundred novels!” as an an epigraph to the chapter “Some Historic Houses” in the book I just published called “Brownfield, Maine- an Illustrated History”
    Cheers, Brad


  11. Ann Gallagher said:

    Dear Mehmet Murat ildan, I have just discovered your work and would like to learn more. For now, a question – in which work do you write that ‘a good book is a lighthouse…? Would you send me the reference please? Thank you



  12. Diane Campo said:

    Dear Mr. Ildan: I was inspired by your quote “All the forests of the world need to be given the same name…” to have a dress design accepted in a Wearable Art Show Charity fundraiser in Port Townsend Washington this coming May. The intent is to visually and emotionally capture the essence of your words in the transformation of the dress on stage. I am hoping you will give me permission for the quote to be used in the printed Event program as well as be read during the performance. It would be an honor to be able to use your work in this way as it would add substantially to the audience experience.
    Sincerely Diane Campo


  13. Desi Natalia said:

    Hi, Mehmet Murat ildan. I like your quotation about forest especially this one “When humanity wins its battle against the forests, this victory will be humanity’s greatest defeat!”

    Your word will remind many people to protect the forest, not to destroy it.

    I want to ask your permission to use this quote on Borneo Nature Foundation (non-profit organisation) post. Your quote is really related to this organisation vision to protect the forest.

    Desi Natalia


  14. Apara Tiwari said:

    Hello and good afternoon Mehmet Murat ildan.
    I was looking for inspirational quotes recently and found one of yours. It goes like this – “Days of the future are coming towards us like crazy waves! Let us welcome every such wave as precious blessings from the existence!”
    I am writing a book about my students who are placed variously and doing well in life. I have devoted one chapter each for every student whom I have selected for the book. I have collected some quotes for these chapters. One of them is the one I mentioned above. May I use it as inspiration? Thank you
    Good Wishes
    Apara Tiwari


    • Dear Apara, thanks for your kind message. Yes sure you can use it in your book! And good luck with the book! take good care. Mehmet.


      • Apara Tiwari said:

        Thanks for your encouraging reply. By the way I wanted to read your book on Gandhiji. Couldn’t find it. Any suggestions? .


  15. Hello Mehmet Murat ildan;

    I am an amateur photographer passionate about the art of photography. I would like to assemble a collection of my own photos into a self-publish book. In addition to viewing my photos I would like to take the opportunity to offer the viewer insights on the art of photography. To that end I was hoping to include short quotes on photography/art from amazing artists like yourself as an accompaniment to my photos.

    My current plan is to print some copies so I can share with family and friends.

    In addition, at the back of the book, I plan to include links to further reading about each of the photographers/artists whose quotes I use so the viewer can learn more about photography/art in general and the artist quoted more specifically.

    If it is of interest to you here is a link to my photography website:

    May I have permission to use this quote of yours in my book?

    “what do we feel when we look at a good photograph? we just want to be there, right at the exact moment that photo taken!”

    Thank you,


    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Ray, thank you for your message. Yes sure you can use that quote. ı wish you good luck with the book and will visit your rayschneider web site. take good care. Mehmet


      • Dear Mehmet;

        Thank you so much. I also thought you might like to know that some of my fondest travel memories have been in Turkey…Istanbul, Konya, Ankara, Bodrum! Such a beautiful country.

        Be sell, stay safe, Ray

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  16. Sohan Kalirai said:

    Dear Mehmet,
    I have written an orchestral piece during these times and would love to use one of your quotations alongside the title of the work “Soleco” . The quotation is, “Thanks to the night, we long for the day; thanks to the day, we long for the night! The purpose of opposites is to make us long for something! Thanks to the crowds, we long for the solitude; thanks to the solitude, we long for the crowds!” It did inspire me to finish this piece in time and I would so grateful if I could use it.
    Many Thanks,
    Sohan Kalirai


  17. Karan said:

    Hi Mehmet,
    I hope you are doing great.
    My query is that I tried to find Bright Candles in English but could not so please advise.
    Many wishes & regards!


  18. Kimberly said:

    Hi Mehmet, can I use your quote “Man can work anywhere and under any condition, but working in a very beautiful place under very beautiful conditions will surely create superior things!” for my research paper? May I know the year you made this?
    Thank You!


  19. Hello Mehmet,

    Please may I use your quote, “To discover the depth, leave the surface and to discover the surface, leave the depth! You shall meet wisdom only when you know both the surface and the depth!” at the beginning of my new cozy paranormal mystery novel?
    It is such a perfect match for the message of the book, I believe it would resonate with my readers.

    Best wishes,

    Holly Bell


  20. MohdAlsehli said:

    Hello Mehmet,
    I like what your words, it’s inspiring and has a nice feeling

    i found this one about the Single tree :

    “A single tree in the middle of nowhere means resistance and victory”

    i like it very much,

    Please may i use it in my Commercial Wall Art design ?


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