Gaye Boralıoğlu

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GAYE BORALIOGLU Jülide Gaye Boralığlu was born in September 22, 1963 in Istanbul to Gönül and Güneş Boralıoğlu. She graduated from Ataköy High School in 1980 and went to university to study philosophy in Istanbul University, which she graduated from in 1984. She got her MA from the same department in Istanbul University in 1986 with her research in Systematic Philosophy and Logic. She has worked as a journalist, copywriter and scipt-writer and mostly known for her work in television as a screen-writer.

After having written the script for Atıf Yılmaz film “Eylül Fırtınası” in 1999, she decided that television was the medium that allowed the writer to have more control over his story and started working for TV series. She wrote for high-rated TV series aired on several TV channels such as “Bir İstanbul Masalı”, “Hırsız-Polis”, “Üzgünüm Leyla”, “Zerda”, “Bıçak Sırtı,” “Bir Çocuk Sevdim” and “Kapalıçarşı”. She stated in one of her interviews that writing quality scripts for a large group of viewers from different educational backgrounds is what she is trying to accomplish in her TV projects. She is one of the founding members of SEN-DER, the screenwriters guild.

She has three publications, Hepsi Hikâye, Meçhul, Aksak Ritim. Her first publication and short story collection Hepsi Hikaye was published in October 2001. Written from the point of view of an anonymous female character, these stories deal with this character’s daily life, relationships, her inability to cope with adulthood and the identity limitations forced upon her by society with a sense of humor that leans toward the absurd. As opposed to her later works, Hepsi Hikaye focuses on a character that is educated and from a middle-class background. Meçhul and Aksak Ritim, both novels, tell the stories of smart and attractive individuals living in the outer suburbs who are punished for these distinctive qualities by the communities they live in.

Published in March 2004, Meçhul originated from 24 photographs of Gaye Boralıoğlu’s photographer friend Manuel Çıtak and was written as a series of interviews in which only the answers are relayed. It comprises of unpublished interviews done by two journalists who are looking for a missing young man called Ibrahim. The interviews are done with Ibrahim’s relatives, friends and sometimes bystanders who have seen him in various places. Meçhul bears elements of magical realism thanks to the supernatural abilities attributed to Ibrahim by his relatives and friends, and leans towards a fairy-tale like telling of the foreword that also mentions that the text we’re reading is found. It could also be interpreted as a melodrama because of the sexual abuse and punishment Ibrahim goes through as a result of his intellect and attractiveness. The photographs in Meçhul were exhibited by Apartment Project, and parts of the text were read by Zuhal Olcay and Altay Erkekli, two well-known stage actors, to the visitors of the exhibit.

Published in October 2009, Boralıoğlu’s latest novel Aksak Ritim, tells the story of Güldane, a gypsy girl who is discovering her sexuality and forming a complicated love/hate relationship with the older taxi driver Halil. Bearing qualities of magicial realism thanks to the way of it deals with concepts of death and accident, it differs from Meçhul in the sense that Güldane takes control of her sexuality by using it as a weapon with her candle light dance that she does for the boys and the men in her town. However, just like Ibrahim, she is punished, this time also because of her awareness, her beauty, uniqueness and most importantly intelligence by the community she lives in. Aksak Ritim was awarded with Le Prix Littéraire by Notre Dame de Sion in 2011.

Works
Hepsi Hikaye (2001 – İletişim Yayınları)
Meçhul (2004 – İletişim Yayınları)
Aksak Ritim (2009 – İletişim Yayınları)

References
Tanzimattan Bugüne Edebiyatçılar Ansiklopedisi. İstanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2010.
Şan, Deniz Çaba. “Gaye Boralıoğu: Benim Kahramanlarım Ötekiler”, İzmir Life, (Aralık, 2009. Sayı: 100).
Örnek, Aslı. “Meçhule Giden Karakterler”, Radikal, (27.03.2004). http://www.radikal.com.tr/ek_haber.php?ek=cts&haberno=3213
“Yalçın Tosun NDS Edebiyat Ödülü'nü aldı”, Cumhuriyet, (27.05.2011). http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/?hn=247746
http://www.apartmentproject.com/

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