Güzin Dino

Linguist, Deceased Person

1910 – 2013


Who was Güzin Dino?

Güzin Dino was a Turkish literary scholar, linguist, translator and writer. She is known for writing from a Marxist perspective. She was married with the painter Abidin Dino.

Güzin married to Abidin Dino in 1943 in Adana, Turkey. Her husband was a member of the Turkish Communist Party, who was exiled to the southern Turkish city. Subject to political pressure and prosecution, Abidin Dino left Turkey in 1952 to settle in Paris, France. She followed her husband in 1954 to France.

The couple toured many places across France with sanatoriums due to Abidin's illness. They settled then in Saint-Michel at the 5th arrondissement of Paris, where Turkish intellectuals used to reside. Finally, the couple moved into a painter workshop in Rue de l'Eure.

Güzin Dino worked in the French National Centre for Scientific Research, and was an instructor at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales. By translating the works of the poet Nazım Hikmet and the writer Yaşar Kemal into French language, she introduced Turkish literature into France. Her translations were published by many renowned publishing houses, and her essays found positive interest by French and American journals. She served also many years as the head of the Turkish language section of the Radio France Internationale.

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May 30, 2013

on July 23, 2013


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