21 Nisan 1955 tarihinde İstanbul'da dünyaya geldi. Mardinli bir ailenin çocuğudur. Babası avukat İsmail Mungan, annesi Habibe Mungan'dır. İlk, orta ve lise yılları Mardin'de geçti; Mardin Lisesi'nden mezun oldu. Mardin eserlerinde sıkça kullandığı mekanlardan birisi oldu. Bu çevrenin taşıdığı farklı kültürel yapıyı, insan olgusunu eserlerine başarılı bir şekilde yansıttı. Yazar, 1972'de Ankara'ya yerleşti. Lisans ve yüksek lisansını Ankara Üniversitesi Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi Tiyatro Bölümü’nde tamamladıktan sonra başladığı doktora çalışmasını yarım bıraktı, Ankara Devlet Tiyatroları’nda altı yıl, İstanbul Şehir Tiyatroları’nda üç yıl dramaturg olarak çalıştı. Gazete ve dergilerdeki ilk yazılarını 1975’te yayımlayan Mungan; yazı hayatı boyunca şiir, öykü, roman, deneme, tiyatro oyunu, sinema yazısı, senaryo, masal, şarkı sözü gibi farklı türlere ait eserler verdi. İlk kitabı, Mezopotamya Üçlemesi adlı oyun üçlemesinin ilki olan Mahmut ile Yezida idi (1980). Bu oyun, Türkiye İş Bankası'nın açtığı yarışmada ikincilik ödülü aldı. Sahnelenen ilk oyunu Orhan Veli'nin şiirlerinden kurgulayarak oyunlaştırdığı Bir Garip Orhan Veli oldu. 1981'de ilk defa sahnelenen bu oyun, 1993'te kitap olarak basıldı.
Murathan Mungan was born in Istanbul in 1955. He finished his primary, middle and high school education in Mardin. In 1972, he moved to Ankara, and completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Theater Department in the Faculty of Language and History-Geography at Ankara University. He started his doctoral degree but discontinued.
Mungan worked as a dramaturge at the Ankara State Theatre for 6 years, and then at the Istanbul City Theatre for 3 years. In 1975, he began publishing his writings including poetry, stories, novels, essays, theater plays, film scenarios, fairy tales, and song lyrics in many newspapers and magazines. His first book “Mahmut ile Yezida”, which was the first play of the “Mezopotamya Üçlemesi” series, was published in 1980. He received second prize with this book in a competition, which was organized by Turkish Is Bank. His first theater play “Bir Garip Orhan Veli” premiered in 1981, and was published as a book in 1993. Mungan won first prize for his poem “Sahtiyan” in a poem contest, which was held by Gösteri magazine in 1981. He became famous with his poem book “Metal” (1994). Mungan was selected as the best playwright along with Mehmet Baydın by the Ankara Art Society for his book “Taziye”, which was the second play of “Mezopotamya Üçlemesi” series. The play premiered at the Ankara Art Theatre in 1984. In 1987, Mungan edited the culture-art page in the Söz newspaper.
Since 1988, he has worked as a freelance writer. In 1987, he received the Haldun Taner Story Award with Nedim Gürsel for the story “Hedda Golder Dile Bir Kadın”. In 1992, Mungan completed the “Geyikler Lanetler”, which was the third play of his “Mezopotamya Üçlemesi” series, and was published as a book by Metis publications. In 1994, his play series “Mezopotamya Üçlemesi” was staged by the Ankara State Theatre. The play “Geyikler Lanetler” was staged many times not only in Turkey but also Germany and Greece. In 1995, Mungan published the selection book “Murathan ‘95”. In 2005, he published “50 Parça”, which includes stories, poems, essays, and plays. His works have been translated into German, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwich, Greek, Finnish, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Iranian, Kurdish and Dutch, and have been published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. Currently, Mungan continues to work as a free writer in Istanbul.
*Sources: D&R, Turkish Cultural Foundation