Fatma Aydemir grew up in a suburb of Karlsruhe. Her grandparents came as guest workers to Germany when their parents were teenagers. She studied German and American Studies in Frankfurt am Main. Aydemir has lived in Berlin since 2012 and works as an editor for the daily newspaper taz, where she deals with pop culture, literature and Turkey. She initiated the bilingual web portal taz.gazete, in response to the state repression against press freedom in Turkey. As a freelance writer, she also writes for Spex and Missy Magazine.
Her 2017 debut novel Ellbogen, which deals with an escalation of violence in a subway station. Reviewer Philipp Bovermann appreciates Aydemir's clear language in the Süddeutsche Zeitung and feels the book as two kicks in the stomach: "One for the misogyne Turkish society. And one for the mendacity of oh so liberal Germans. " Andrea Diener of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, however, would have liked more differentiated observations of the German-Turkish protagonist Hazal:" The author does not attach much importance to us that Hazal im As the book progresses sympathetically, it slips away from the reader (...). "
For elbows Aydemir received in 2017 the endowed with 10,000 euros Klaus Michael Kühne Prize of the Harbor Front Literature Festival for the best debut novel of the year, also Aydemir was nominated with elbows for the Franz Hessel Prize 2017.
Catch up on the latest and greatest in the world of International Turks
Detained in a high-security prison in Turkey for 840 days since 2017, Turkish-French businessman Kavala is freed after a surprise ruling for the acquittal of all defendants of the Gezi trial.
Charged for 'terror propaganda', facing up to 9 years in prison, exiled author Aslı Erdogan, is acquitted. Her case had started in 2016 for her involvement in the publication of Ozgur Gundem.
Researcher at the University of Manchester, BP's ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellow, materials chemist Ahu Dumanlı is awarded £1 million for research funds on bio-inspired functional materials.
Student at Sehit Fatih Satir Bilim ve Sanat Merkezi, 4th grader Elanur Akinci came first place among 7,328 contestants at the Canada based ‘International Caribou Mathematics Competition’.
Playing the lead role of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the recent Netflix series 'Rise of Empires: Ottoman', talented actor Uzumoglu received top rating, ranking 114th, right after Tom Cruise in the IMDb listings.
Residing in France on a self-imposed exile since 1999, the wife of the late protest folk singer Ahmet Kaya took legal action to stop the screening of a biopic, filmed without her family's approval.
Member of the 'Academics for Peace' movement, Turkish-French academician Tuna Altinel of Lyon-1 University is acquitted after 81 days of imprisonment and six months of trial in Turkey.
Associate professor at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Altug works on the development of powerful, next-generation health diagnostic tools using nanoparticles and light.
Former German Green Party deputy, attorney Memet Kılıç is facing an arrest warrant over insulting President Erdoğan in an interview he gave to online news website ABC in July 2017.
Turkish-American political commentator and main host/ co-founder of the 'The Young Turks' program, announced his candidacy from California's 25th district, running for U.S. Congress elections in 2020.
Flying to more countries than any other airline, Turkish Airlines invites all world citizens to explore the planet, with a clip that features the global journeys of three Americans who flew outside the US for the first time with Turkish Airlines.
Citizens of Turkuaz Republic are globetrotters, praised for their ability to adjust to new circumstance, which they owe to their nomadic Turkic past.
With the internet age, many post their experience on Youtube, and we take great joy in enlisting them to help them connect, share and inspire!
Please visit our Community Pages and send us your video on your experience in the International Turkish Community. We look forward to publishing your experience!