Duygu Asena

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DUYGU ASENA (19 April 1946-30 July 2006) She was born on 19 April 1946, in Istanbul. She was the daughter of Nihal Hanım and merchant Muhtar Asena. Her grandfather was one of the military assistants of Ataturk, an mp of CHP, Ali Şevket Öndersev. Her uncle was one of the mps of DP, Vacit Asena. Her sister was the poet İnci Asena.

She graduated from the Department of Pedagogy in Istanbul University. She worked in the children’s clinic in Haseki Hospital and in İstanbul University Children’s House as a pedagogue. From 1976 to 1978 she worked in Man Ajans as a copywriter. She worked as an editor in the magazines such as Kadınca, Onyedi, Ev Kadını, Bella, Kim and Negatif. From 1992 to 1997, she prepared and presented the TV show “Ondan Sonra” on the channel TRT-2. She worked as a columnist in the newspapers Milliyet and Cumhuriyet after 1992.

Her first article was published in the supplement of Hürriyet newspaper, Kelebek in 1972. She used a penname, Şirin, in some of her articles. Her first novel, The Woman Has No Name, was banned by the state due to “obscenity” in 1988, after a court case of two years, the book was released again. In the same year it was adapted for cinema by Atıf Yılmaz. With The Woman Has No Name she received the “best writer award” by Boğaziçi University in 1988. In 1988 and 1995 she received the “Those at the Peak” award by Nokta magazine. Asena died from brain tumour on 30 July 2006, in Istanbul.

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