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Yüksel Pazarkaya is renowned Turkish novelist from Germany. Pazarkaya, born in Izmir in 1940, and moved to Germany to study at Stuttgart University, where he also worked as an assistant and lecturer between 1966 and 1979. He was a director of Turkish broadcasts at WDR Cologne Radio from 1986 to 2003. Pazarkaya won several literary awards in Germany and Turkey. He is considered as one of the most famous first-generation writers of the gastarbeiterliterature. "Pazarkaya, who writes in Turkish and German and publishes in both countries, is seen as one of the pioneers of Turkish Deutschlandliteratur. His volume of poems Irrwege (Wrong Tracks, published in 1968) is one of the first literary explorations of the problems of foreign workers. The author went to Germany as a student in 1957 and witnessed the Turkish labour migration that started on a large scale in the 1960s. Confrontation with the extreme discrimination experienced by Turkish people motivated him to analyse his own image of Germany." (Sabine Fischer, in Encyclopaedia of Contemporary German Culture edited by John Sandford).