Farhi, Moris

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FARHI, MORIS (1935– ), writer, poet, and artist. Born in *Ankara, Farhi graduated from Robert College in *Istanbul in 1954 and from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 1956. A British subject since 1964, he pursued an acting career for several years and began writing in the 1960s. Between 1960 and 1983 he worked primarily in television, writing numerous scripts for both the bbc and itv. Many of his poems have appeared in various U.S. and international publications. He became a member of English pen in the mid-1970s and joined its Writers in Prison Committee in 1988. In 2001 he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for "services to literature." In November 2001 he was elected a vice president of International pen. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographical Society. His published works include The Pleasure of Your Death (1972); The Last of Days (1983), a thriller played out in the Middle East against the backdrop of Arab terrorism; Journey Through the Wilderness (1989), dealing with a Holocaust survivor's search in South America for the Nazi who murdered his father; Children of the Rainbow (1999), about a gypsy survivor of Auschwitz; and Young Turk (2004), a series of interrelated stories set in *Turkey.

[Rifat Bali (2nd ed.)]