Reading The Invention of German Grammar

Sandra Hetzl and Rasha Abbas Photo: Sandra Hetzl privat/Rasha Abbas private

Mon, 24.10.2016

Goethe-Institut Damascus in Exile

When Rasha Abbas published her first collection of short stories, Adam hates the Television (2008), she was still working as an editor with Syrian state television. Shortly before the start of the revolution she turned her back on her employers, joined the democratic movement and was forced into exile the following year. Fifteen short stories that tell of her arrival and integration into life in Germany were published in German in March 2016 with the title Die Erfindung der deutschen Grammatik (The Invention of German Grammar).
Sandra Hetzl is the brains behind 10/11, a laboratory for experimental forms of Arabic literature. 10/11 finds texts written by young Arabic authors – often in the depths of the Internet – and makes them available to the international literary world with the goal of encouraging a dynamic exchange between cultures.

Rasha Abbas, author, Damascus/ Berlin
Sandra Hetzl, translator, Munich/Beirut/Berlin