Emine Sevgi Özdamar, born in 1946, is a Turkish-German author, actress, and theatre director. At the age of 12 she entered the stage for the first time, and in 1965 she came to Germany as a Gastarbeiter, working at a factory in West Berlin. After taking acting classes in Istanbul, she got her first professional roles, and engagements in Berlin (Volksbühne), Paris, Avignon, and Bochum (Schauspielhaus) followed. Her debut novel, Life is a Caravanserai: Has Two Doors I Went in One I Came out the Other, appeared in 1992 and was translated into several languages. She has authored four novels, a collection of short stories, and multiple plays. Her literary work was awarded several prestigious German prizes, such as the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize (1991), the Adalbert von Chamisso Prize (1999), and the Kleist Prize (2004).
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Ayfer Tunç (1964) is a Turkish author and screenwriter. She graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Political Science and in 1989 started working as a journalist for highly circulated periodicals and dailies. Between 1999-2004 Tunç was the chief editor of Yapı Kredi Publishing House. In addition to novels and short stories, Tunç also writes essays, radio plays, and scripts for TV series. Her works have been translated into several languages and honored with the Yunus Nadi Short Story Prize. In 2003 she won the International Balkanika Literary Award.