December 1, 2022

“North Cyprus my Way”

The new book by Heidi Trautmann

by Ralph Kratzer

Larissa at Lambousa market

Last week I got a call from a longtime friend, Larissa, who was, together with her husband Uli, my first neighbour in Northern Cyprus. The two sell DVDs with the latest movies in English and German language on the Saturday market at the Chateau Lambousa in Lapta and I was pretty often a customer of theirs. Larissa asked me: You know Heidi Trautmann? When I said “yes, of course, the well-known writer and painter!” Larissa continued: Heidi has now published her new book about North Cyprus. You absolutely ought to have it!

So, I promised to get the book at her stand on the market and made my way to Lapta last Saturday.

Heidi Trautmann
Heidi Trautmann

So far I have not had too much opportunity to read the book intensively, but what I read both pleased me and made me curious. The content consists of short stories about North Cyprus alternately in German and English, some of them entertaining, some amusing, some also instructive. In-between there are poems of local poets and illustrations with Heidi’s paintings.

A light and entertaining read, perfect for hours on the beach or by the pool, or for evenings with a nice glass of wine …

Learn more about the artist, author and journalist Heidi Trautmann by clicking here!

‘North Cyprus My Way’ – the new book by Heidi Trautmann – Her essays and poems by local poetsHeidi Trautmann Buch…”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.


ISBN 978-9963-731-04-6

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, Kültür Evi. (And of course as well at Uli´s and Larissa´s booth on the Lambousa market!)

For further details contact Heidi Trautmann under

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