Kurtuluş Baştimar was born in 1993 in Kars, an eastern province of Turkey’s Republic. In 2014, he went to the autonomous region Crimea where he wrote his first book: Education, War, and Exile, in which he tells the story of the exile of Crimean people.
In 2015, he moved to the Netherlands to study European Law at Maastricht University and graduated in 2018. During his years at university, he focused on human rights. Therefore, all of his novels and short stories revolve around fundamental rights and freedom. Today, Kurtuluş works as an international human rights lawyer in Turkey.
Kurtuluş also wrote a novella, Nazlican, in which he criticizes child marriage and touches upon women’s rights.
Kurtuluş has received the Golden Pen Literature Prize with his book A Farewell to Freedom in 2018. It is a story about paying the price for the sake of freedom. A Farewell to Freedom teaches us that only when freedom has been taken away from you, you can truly understand its value.