Hilal Sezgin (Hg.)

Deutschland erfindet sich neu. Manifest der Vielen

© blumenbar  Verlag, Berlin, 2011 Hilal Sezgin (Hg.): Deutschland erfindet sich neu. Manifest der Vielen © blumenbar Verlag, Berlin, 2011 A few days ago, a book was presented at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin. Its very title is a reaction to Thilo Sarrazin’s prognosis of panic regarding Germany’s demography: Germany is not abolishing itself, but rather Deutschland erfindet sich neu. Manifest der Vielen. (Germany is reinventing itself. The manifest of the few). It is normal for books to be written in response to provocative bestsellers. They often have the disadvantage that they draw their strength only from the image of their enemy. That might have been the case with this anti-Sarrazin book, too, but it is not. This book does not need to do much proclaiming or to make moralising gestures. It is quite enough for it to exist, because its very existence shows that there is another reality of migrant life in Germany than the one that mesmerises Thilo Sarrazin and critics of Islam.
Such books often have another problem. They gather behind them like-minded loyalists who already share the same opinion and there is then often an unpleasant tone of moral self-justification and discursive isolation in the air. How different things are here. The whole book, a compilation of texts by 30 writers – authors, journalists, film directors and actors, all with biographies involving migration – opens up new horizons and raises a curtain to reveal that the stage is much bigger than just problem neighbourhoods with honour murders and forced marriages and that the real events are taking place somewhere entirely different.

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© Die ZEIT, 3 March 2011

Hilal Sezgin (Hg.)
Deutschland erfindet sich neu. Manifest der Vielen
blumenbar Verlag, Berlin, 2011
ISBN 978-3-936738-74-2
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