Auma Obama: And then life happens
13.06. (JHB, in German); 14.06. (JHB, in English); 15.06. (CT, in English)
In "And then life happens" Auma Obama, half-sister of US-president Barack Obama, tells the story of her family – focusing on her relationship with her father as well as her brother Barack, but also on her own search for identity and belonging. The book, which was originally published under the title “Das Leben kommt immer dazwischen: Stationen einer Reise”, will be released in English translation in April 2012.
Born in Kenya, Auma leaves the country at the age of 19 to study in Germany. During her 16 years there, she is confronted with the contradictions between European and African culture. She is afraid of not really belonging to either. Her personal story gives an insight into life between different cultures – a life influenced by notions of migration and globalisation, frustration and the feeling of being torn apart.
Reading and discussion
Auma Obama will read and discuss her story in German on June 13 at 19H00 and in English on June 14 at 19H00 at the library of the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.
Another reading in English will take place on June 15 at 19H00 at 6 Spin Street Restaurant in Cape Town, during the Cape Town Book Fair.
Find more information on "And then life happens", including a synopsis and review, in our portal "Writing about Africa".