Necla Kelek

© Wolfgang Borrs
© Wolfgang Borrs
Necla Kelek


Bittersüße Heimat

Gaziantep Üniversitesi, Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi,
Ömer Asım Aksoy Salonu
21.05.2009, 14:00

Gaziantep İl Halk Kütüphane Müdürlüğü
22.05.2009, 14:00


Born in Istanbul, Necla Kelek came to Germany at the age of ten. She studied economics and sociology and wrote her doctoral dissertation on "Islam in Everyday Life". She does research in the areas of religion and migration and publishes articles in periodicals that include the newspapers Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and tageszeitung and the magazine Emma. She is a permanent member of the German Islam Conference. Today she lives and works as a freelance author and journalist in Hamburg and Berlin. Her book Die fremde Braut was honored with the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis and 200,000 copies of it have been sold to date. Her book Die verlorenen Söhne received the CORINE international nonfiction book prize in 2006.


  • Bittersüße Heimat, 2008
  • Die verlorenen Söhne. Plädoyer zur Befreiung des türkisch-muslimischen Mannes, 2006
  • Die fremde Braut. Bericht aus dem Inneren des türkischen Lebens in Deutschland, 2005

Bittersüße Heimat

Kelek’s report from the interior of Turkey opens up the fissures hidden under the surface of a modern country, the fractured mentalities, the political contradictions, the social fragmentation into which the Republic of Turkey is increasingly falling. Where is Turkey coming from, and where is it drifting?

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