Emine Sevgi Özdamar

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Emine Sevgi Özdamar (born 10 August 1946, in Malatya, Turkey), is a Turkish-German writer, director, and actress. In 1991 she became the first Turkish-German author to win the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Prize.

Özdamar's literary work has received much recognition and scholarly attention. A lover of poetry, she found great inspiration in the works of Heinrich Heine and Bertolt Brecht, especially from an album of the latter's songs which she had bought in the 1960s in Berlin. She later decided to study with Brecht's disciple Benno Besson in Berlin, where she currently[when?] resides.[1]




  1. ^ Özdamar, Emine Segi. "Der Hof im Speigel: Erzählungen (Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch Verlag, 2001)

Further reading[edit]

  • Adelson, Leslie A. (2005). The Turkish Turn in Contemporary German Literature: Toward a New Critical Grammar of Migration. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1403969132. 
  • Arslan, Gizem. “Animated Exchange: Translational Strategies in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Strange Stars Stare to Earth.” Global South (2013): 191–209. Print.
  • Haines, Brigid. Contemporary Women’s Writing in German : Changing the Subject. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Print.
  • Pizer, John. “The Continuation of Countermemory: Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Seltsame Sterne Starren Zur Erde.” German Literature in a New Century: Trends, Traditions, Transitions, Transformations. Ed. Katharina Gerstenberger and Patricia Herminghouse. ix, 300 pp. New York, NY: Berghahn, 2008. 135–152. Print.
  • Shafi, Monika. Housebound : Selfhood and Domestic Space in Contemporary German Fiction. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012. Print.

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