Buket Uzuner was born in Ankara in 1955 and she is an author of short stories, travelogues, and novels. Ms. Uzuner studied to be a biologist and environmental scientist. She has studied and worked at universities in Turkey (Hacettepe and METU), Norway, the USA and Finland. Her books have been on the Turkish national best seller lists since 1992, and have been translated into four languages. She has been the Editor of Remzi Publishing for Foreign Literature and is now the literary advisor for foreign literature of Alfa-Everest publisher which publishes and sells about 1.5 million books/ year in Turkey. Ms. Uzuner won The Yunus Nadi Prize for her novel The Sound of Fishsteps (Bal?k ?zlerinin Sesi) in 1993, while her novel Mediterranean Waltz (Kumral Ada- Mavi Tuna) was awarded as the Best Novel of 1998 by the University of Istanbul. Recently Mediterranean Waltz has been published in Italy, Greece, Romania and Israel. Buket Uzuner was declared one of the 75 Most Influential Women of the Republic of Turkey, for Sabah Magazine by well-known professionals, civic leaders, members of the press, and academia to celebrate the Republic of Turkey's 75th anniversary. She has been presented as honorary fellow writer by The University of Iowa, in1996. She has travelled extensively and lived in North Africa, North America and Europe. Buket Uzuner has a son and shares her life between Istanbul and New York.


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