Perihan Mağden is a Turkish writer and columnist particularly known for her wit and diverse use of language.
Perihan Mağden was born in Istanbul in 1960 and spent part of her childhood in the Far East. Today she lives in Istanbul and is considered one of the most influential living Turkish writers. As an ardent advocate of human rights and the right for free expression in her home country, Mağden has butted heads with the Turkish authorities more than once, and had to appear in court several times. In 2008, she was given the Grand Award for Freedom of Speech by the Turkish Publishers Association. Mağden has lectured, also as an honorary member of PEN, at a number of different American universities.
Her most recent novel published in English is called Escape. It was considered one of the best Turkish novels of that year and was a huge commercial success. Previous novels are Two Girls (which was also turned into an award winning movie), Messenger Boy Murders and The Companion. Her latest collection of non-fiction is called Political Essays. Mağden is an engaged writer, who writes about politics, military affairs, human rights, homosexuality and the overall human condition in her home country.