Murat Isik (Izmir, 11 September 1977) is a Dutch writer and jurist of Zaza-Turkish descent. Isik studied law at the University of Amsterdam and San Francisco State University. His first prize came for his short story 'De purple lemon' during the June Art Month of 2007. This story has been translated into a play by director Thomas Bijsterbosch. In 2011 he received the El Hizjra Literature Prize for the short story 'De laatste reis'.
In 2012 his first novel came out; 'Verloren Grond' (Lost Ground), for which he received the Bronze Owl Audience Award. Verloren Grond tells the family history of his parents in Eastern Turkey.
In 2017 his second novel came out: 'Wees Onzichtbaar' (Be Invisible). This story takes place in the Bijlmermeer district of Amsterdam, where Isik grew up. This novel was awarded the Dutch Bookshop Award 2018 and the Libris Literature Price 2018.
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