Zafer Şenocak

© Tereza Brdeckova
© Tereza Brdeckova
Zafer Şenocak

Readings

Perilous Kinship

Malatya Sabancı Kültür Merkezi
13.05.2009, 17:00

Malatya İnönü Üniversitesi, Kütüphane, Seminer Salonu
14.05.2009, 14:00

Malatya İnönü Üniversitesi, Kongre ve Kültür Merkezi Malatya
15.05.2009, 18:00

Konya Selçuk Üniversitesi, Ahmet Keleşoğlu Eğitim Fakültesi A Blok, Kat 2, Anfi No. 201
10.12.2009, 10:00

Konya Alaaddin Keykubat Salonu
12.12.2009, 14:00


Biography

Zafer Şenocak was born in 1961 in Ankara and grew up in Istanbul and Munich. He has been living and working as a freelance writer in Berlin since 1989. After studying German literature, political science and philosophy in Munich, he published several volumes of poetry and received the Chamisso Förderpreis in 1988. His novels include Die Prärie (1997) and Der Erottomane (1999). He has written features, polemical remarks and commentaries for newspapers including taz, Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Neue Zürcher Zeitung and for the radio stations Deutschlandradio, Deutschlandfunk and WDR.

Selected works

  • Futuristenepilog, 2008
  • Das Land hinter den Buchstaben, 2006
  • Übergang (Ausgewählte Gedichte 1980-2005), 2005
  • Zungenentfernung, 2001
  • Der Erottomane, 1999
  • Gefährliche Verwandtschaft, 1998 (Turkish: Tehlikeli Akrabalık)
  • Die Prärie, 1997
  • Tagebuch der arabischen Reise, 1991
  • Der Mann im Unterhemd, 1995 (Turkish: Atletli adam, trans. Mustafa Tüzel, Kabalcı publishing company)
  • War Hitler Araber?, 1993
  • Die Bürgschaft, 1985
  • Atlas des tropischen Deutschland, 1992
  • Das senkrechte Meer, 1991
  • Ritual der Jugend, 1987 (Turkish: Gençlik Ayinleri, trans. Yüksel Özoğuz, Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat publishing company)
  • Flammentropfen, 1985
Works written in Turkish:
  • Kara Kutu (poems), 2004
  • Alman Terbiyesi („Deutsche Erziehung“, novel), 2007
  • Yolculuk Nereye („Wohin geht die Reise“, novel), 2007
  • Köşk („Pavillion“, novel), 2008

Perilous Kinship

Raised in Munich as the son of a German-Jewish mother and an upper middle class Turkish father, the writer Sascha inherits the diaries which his grandfather kept from 1916 to 1936. Initially baffled by the notes, Sascha begins taking an active interest in his grandfather's story and in his family history, eventually acquiring a new understanding of his own life. Based on the kaleidoscope of information he finds, he develops his own thoughts and views on the situation of the Jews in Turkey and in Germany, of the Germans in Turkey, about German-Turkish relations in general, and about a reunified Germany. Thus Sascha’s journey into the past becomes a journey of discovery for the reader.