Abbas Khider

Brief in die Auberginenrepublik

© Edition Nautilus Verlag, Hamburg, 2013Abbas Khider: Brief in die Auberginenrepublik © Edition Nautilus Verlag, Hamburg, 2013This novel tells the story of a letter that passes through many hands, but never reaches its intended recipient. It is a love letter written in the Libyan port city of Benghazi in September 1999 that reaches Baghdad via Cairo and Amman. (…) For the third time, Abbas Khider’s chosen literary theme, which he presents in a very personal, ingenious way, is a young Iraqi subjected to political persecution in involuntary, usually illegal exile. Khider, who was born in Bagdad in 1973, published his debut novel Der falsche Inder (The Village Indian) in 2008, which was followed two years ago by Die Orangen des Präsidenten (The President’s Oranges). Brief in die Auberginenrepublik (A Letter Into the Aubergine Republic) also features a victim of the cruel tyranny of the dictator Saddam. But Salim is only the starting point of Khider’s story, which is told from multiple perspectives. In the novel’s seven chapters, six other first-person narrators besides Salim tell how they came into contact with the letter in different ways and in so doing, they tell the story of their lives. Thus, we follow each leg of the letter’s journey to Baghdad, and at the same time, the letter unfolds a panorama of everyday life in three Arab countries at the end of the twentieth century.

Hubert Spiegel: “Die Briefträger der Hölle”
© Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 9 March 2013

Abbas Khider
Brief in die Auberginenrepublik
Edition Nautilus Verlag, Hamburg, 2013
ISBN 978-3-89401-770-5
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