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Daniel Schreiber
Zuhause. Die Suche nach dem Ort, an dem wir leben wollen

© Hanser Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 2017 Daniel Schreiber: Zuhause. Die Suche nach dem Ort, an dem wir leben wollen © Hanser Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 2017Zuhause (Home) is an elegantly written, stimulating meditation on a difficult concept in a world which, for many people, is becoming ever less homely. And at the same time, it is the reconstruction of Schreiber’s own quest for a place that for him could mean something like stability and bonding. Today, in times of globalisation and refugee crisis, 250 million people live outside their native country, the author recalls. Thus, “home” is increasingly becoming an “imaginary place" and “at the same time a real, inner, spiritual or social place”. The questions raised by his essay are correspondingly diverse: can a foreign language provide a home? How long does it take to be able to call a new place home? (…)
Schreiber rejects the urge for nostalgic idealisation. Home is not a paradise from which we were once expelled, he argues, because there has never been such a place. “Seeking a home does not mean being on the look-out for a better city, (. . .) another country. Seeking a home means finding a place in the world at which we can arrive – and that place will be first and foremost an inner place, a place that we have to work out." Reading Schreiber’s essay is a good place to start.

Oliver Pfohlmann: „Das Paradies hat nie existiert“
© Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 8 March 2017

Daniel Schreiber
Zuhause. Die Suche nach dem Ort, an dem wir leben wollen
Hanser Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 2017
ISBN 9783446254749
144 pages


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