Mehmet Yashin is one of the unique poets of contemporary Turkish poetry. His poems, novels and essays are considered parts of the literature of Cyprus and Greece alongside Turkey. He is one of the internationally best-known contemporary poets and authors from Cyprus. His first poetry collection won Academy Poetry Prize in Istanbul in 1985, but it was banned by the Turkish military junta which made a coup d’etat in 1980, and he was deported from Turkey in 1986 for what was characterized as his ‘subversive’ poetry. He settled in between Cambridge, Nicosia and Istanbul from 2002 to 2016. Since then he has been living in Athens.
He has published 10 poetry collections, 3 novels, 3 essay collections, 3 anthologies and literary studies of multilingual Cypriot poetry in Istanbul. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and his books have been published in various European countries.
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