I have survived so far because I have read…


For me, reading is not a mere intellectual performance to learn, imagine, explore or think. Rather, it is a never-ending process of my existence. I began to read thick books when I was in high school. I used to have a journal to keep the list of books I have read. I will post the name of books I have read, not all of them but the ones that have remained with me for a long time.

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü, 1962.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943.

Antonin Artaud, Theatre and Its Double, 1938.

bell hooks, Black Looks: race and representation, 1992.

Edward Said, Out of Place, 1999.

Eve Curie, Madame Curie: A Biography, 1937.

George Orwell, Animal Farm, 1945.

George Orwell, 1984, 1949.

Grigory Spiridonovich Petrov, Finland: The Country of White Lilies, 1923.

Hans-Thies Lehmann, Postdramatic Theatre, 1999.

Hasan Ali Toptaş, Gölgesizler, 1995.

Hasan Ali Toptaş, Kayıp Hayaller Kitabı, 1996.

Jean-Jacque Rousseau, Discourse on the Arts and Sciences, 1750.

Jean-Jacque Rousseau, Emile, 1762.

Jean-Jacque Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762.

Katherine Hite, Politics and the Art of Commemoration, 2012.

Marvin Carlson, Theatre Is More Beautiful Than War, 2010.

Maxim Gorky, The Mother, 1906.

Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1530.

Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, 1978.

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984.

Mina Ungan, Bir Dinazorun Anıları, 2000.

Nazım Hikmet, Yaşamak Güzel Şey Be Kardeşim, 1967.

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1532.

Oğuz Atay, Tutunamayanlar, 1972.

Oğuz Atay, Tehlikeli Oyunlar, 1973.

Pat Schneider, Writing Alone and with Others, 2003.

Peter Brook, The Empty Space, 1968.

Sabahattin Ali, Kürk Mantolu Madonna, 1943.

Sabahattin Ali, Sırça Köşk, 1947.

Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life, 2017.

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1949.

Theodor Adorno, Aesthetic Theory, 1970.

Walter Benjamin, Understanding Brecht, 1996.

Wolfgang Schneider, Theatre for Young Audiences, 2005.

Wolfgang Schneider (ed.), Theatre for Early Years, 2012.

Yusuf Atılgan, Anayurt Oteli, 1973.

Zülfü Livaneli, Serenad, 2011.

“History is a succession of ephemeral changes. Eternal values exist outside history. They are immutable and have no need of memory.”

-Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, 1978.