Burhan Sönmez is a prize-winning novelist. He is the author of three novels: North (2009), Sins and Innocents (2011) and İstanbul İstanbul (2015). His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Burhan Sönmez was born in Turkey. He grew up speaking Turkish and Kurdish, then later moved to Istanbul where he worked for a time as a lawyer. He was member of Contemporary Lawyers Association (ÇHD), Human Rights Society (IHD) and a founder of TAKSAV (Foundation for Social Research, Culture and Art). He lived in Cambridge (UK) in exile for political reasons about ten years.
Burhan Sönmez lectured in Literary Theory and Novel at the METU (Middle East Technical University). He served as jury member for the Cevdet Kudret Literature Prize. He translated the poetry book of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake from English into Turkish.
He contributes various newspapers and magazines like the Guardian, la Repubblica, L’Unita, Die Zeit, BirGün, Guernica, and Electric Literature.