LEVI, MARIO (1957– ), novelist. Born in Istanbul to a Sephardi family, he graduated from the Istanbul University Faculty of Literature, majoring in French language and literature. He first published in the Jewish community newspaper Şalom and later on started to contribute to leading Turkish journals. His first book was Jacques Brel: Bir Yalnız Adam (1986). His first book of stories, Bir Şehre Gidememek, was published in 1990 and earned the prestigious Haldun Taner Story award. His subsequent works were Madam Floridis Dönmeyebilir (1992), En Güzel Aşk Hikâyemiz (1992), and his novel İstanbul Bir Masaldı (1999) which also earned the prestigious Yunus Nadi award.
[Rifat Bali (2nd ed.)]