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.
Das Leben ist eine Karawanserei hat zwei Türen aus einer kam ich rein aus der anderen ging ich raus, (novel, 1992, ISBN 3-462-02319-5)engl. "Life is a Carawanserai Has Two Doors I Went in One I Came out the Other" tr. Luise von Flotow UMiddlesex Press 2000.
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