Murathan Mungan is known in Turkey as the author of poetry, plays, short stories, novels, screenplays and songs. His first collection of poems, Osmanliya Dair Hikayat (Stories about Ottomans) was published in 1980, making Mungan an overnight success. His output remained prolific, and various poetry books followed, notably Yaz Gecer (Summer Passes) and Metal. He has written four stage plays, which earned him wider success. Mahmud ile Yezida, and Taziye are two of the most staged plays of the modern Turkish theatre, and his screenplay Daginik Yatak (Messy Bed) was later filmed by director Atif Yilmaz in 1986 starring the Turkish actress Müjde Ar.