book ‘North Cyprus My Way’ has been finally published with the kind support of the
TRNC Deputy Prime Ministry, Ministry of Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports and is ready to be presented to the public. (It is not yet
the long expected Volume II of ‘Art and Creativity in North Cyprus’, that one
is still in the process of translation into Turkish but with the sale of the
small one I hope to partly finance the big one.)
Cyprus My Way’ is a book for travellers, written in
English and German, and as I said in the press release, for those travellers
who want to know more about the country, and therefore I wanted to show its
soul which comes to the surface in the poems by local poets I have included,
poems that I found would fit the general idea of my essays.
I want to thank the poets who have been willing to contribute to
the book and gave me the permission to translate the poems into German. I want to thank them personally and would be
happy if they would join me on the first book presentation at the ‘Cadı Kazanı’
on Friday, May 09 at 18:00 – 20 hrs. They
will receive their copy on the occasion and I will recite the one or other poem
in the German language for them to listen to its music and rhythm in the German
language, together with the essay I have chosen the poem for.
I would be grateful if you would confirm your participation as my
friends Nilgün Güney and Ateş Kozal will be hosting the event.
PS: There will be other book presentations in Kyrenia, the dates
of which will be made known separately.
next one will be in Doğanköy in the newly opened Street Art Café and Bookstore
on May 12 at 18:30 hrs.
‘North Cyprus My Way’ – the new book by Heidi Trautmann
Her essays and poems by local poets
‘North Cyprus My Way’ is the personal experience Heidi
Trautmann has made on her literary walks through the island, with a view on
people, their stories and daily life, on places, villages and cities, on nature
and the sky and the sea. As she believes that writers and artists are the ones
that present the soul of the country best, she has included poetry by Cypriot
poets. The book is intended for the traveller coming to Cyprus and is therefore
written in English and German. She received the authorization by the poets to
translate their poems.
Introduction by the author
The way travellers choose to make themselves acquainted
with a country depends on the interests they have. You may be interested in
relics of antiquity or in the traditional cuisine, or you may want to explore
nature. If you are interested to meet the local people you will sit with them
in cafés or have your hair cut or done at local “Kuaförs” and listen to their
daily little problems. The best is a mixture of all, especially when you have
come to live in a country, be it part-time or as a resident. I have chosen to
explore this country I live in by talking to people, interviewing them, people
of the art scene, literature people and of the performing arts. The results I have
published in my book “Art and Creativity in North Cyprus”.
But that is not all, I thought, and I started to
explore the atmosphere people live in, look into the small traditional ways,
saunter through a city or village and observe the activities, carry them out
myself, connect myself to the soil, pick my own olives and almonds, ask my
Cypriot friends for tips and recipes, do it their way.
Cyprus, actually it is in the north of Cyprus that we live,
offers an incredibly deep and wide field of culture and it does not stop
developing, it changes all the time with better possibilities of education for
the young, and change of life style, and all this combined with the typical way
of the Mediterranean “Laisser faire”, the shrug of the shoulder, the gestures
and mimicry, their poetry and their love for music. But also - between the
lines – their sorrows and pain after 50 years of isolation first as a minority,
then as a non-recognized young republic, their hopes and disillusions and their
coping with it.
This is what my book is about.
TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS /DEPUTY PRIME MINISTRY
THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT
The books will be available in all bookstores : Bestseller
Karakum, Bestseller Alsançak, Street Art Café and Bookstore Doğanköy (opp.
Erduran Laboratories), Round Tower Kyrenia, Deniz Plaza, Işik Bookstore Nicosia.
For further details contact Heidi Trautmann under firstname.lastname@example.org