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Rıfat Ilgaz

Rıfat Ilgaz
Born (1911-04-24)24 April 1911
Cide, Kastamonu Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
Died 7 July 1993(1993-07-07) (aged 82)
Istanbul, Turkey
Occupation Author, Teacher, Poet
Nationality Turkish
Genre Humour

Rıfat Ilgaz (24 April 1911 – 7 July 1993) was a poet who was born in Cide, in the Kastamonu Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey). He was a teacher, poet, and writer. Ilgaz was one of Turkey’s best-known and most prolific poets and writers, having authored over sixty works.


Ilgaz started writing poetry during his junior school years and evolved into one of the prolific social-realist writers of 20th century Turkish literature. His poems are considered prime examples of socialist-realistic writing. While he has never really been a partisan of political ideologies, the fact that he has written about the sufferings of the people placed him at a left wing perspective. Like other writers of his time, Ilgaz was imprisoned as a result of one of his publications.

In addition to his writing, he led an accomplished career as a lecturer in Turkish literature.

Rıfat Ilgaz died in Istanbul in 1993 due to lung failure.

English language bibliography

One collection of Ilgaz's short stories has been published in English language translation.

Fourth Company

A 2001 short story collection by Turkish writer Rifat Ilgaz published by Milet Books, in dual Turkish and English language translation by Damian Croft, as part of its series of Turkish-English Short Story Collections.

The publisher states that, “In the deftly comic six-part story, Fourth Company and two further stories, Rifat Ilgaz turns his sharp but affectionate wit on compulsory military service, holidays at home and the pathological fear of doctors.”[1]

The volume consists of the stories;

  • Fourth Company (Parts 1-6)
  • Off to Exchange Bayram Greetings
  • A Fear of Doctors


  • Fourth Company. trans.  

Selected works

See also


  1. ^ "Fourth Company". Milet Books. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  2. ^ "Hababam Sinifi (movie)". 
  3. ^ "Hababam Sinifi Sinifta Kaldi (movie)". 
  4. ^ "Karartma Geceleri (movie)". 

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