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Kübra Gümüşay

Kübra Gümüşay, born in Hamburg in 1988, studied political science in Hamburg and London. She is the author of the bestselling book “Sprache § Sein” (Language and Being) and the founder of several award-winning campaigns and associations – e.g. the campaign #SchauHin against racism, the feminist alliance #ausnahmslos, and the campaign 'Organized Love'. In 2018, Forbes Magazine selected her as one of 30 under 3o in Europe in the media and marketing industry.

Kübra Gümüsay© Paula Winkler

Meet The Author

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Read, experience, absorb and soak up life, think and exchange - because my writing only fulfils me when I am fulfilled.
A memory while writing the book you would like to share....
At some point the book took on a life of its own, it made me want to go in a different direction than I had previously planned. It was a magical moment that was very empowering for me because it made me realise my limitations and nothingness.
Do you believe in writer's block?
I believe that some thoughts are not ready yet and therefore can't get out. So sometimes it just needs a little more time, another source, another experience, but sometimes it's just time pressure.
Would you say that writing stimulates or exhausts a writer?
Both. Depending on the subject and state of mind.
How are foreign-language authors received in South Asian countries?
I notice a change, for example, in booksellers who consciously put literature on their shelves that looks at the world from different angles and perspectives. These people play a big role in the perception of authors from other parts of the world. Hopefully, this change in awareness will continue to bear fruit and at some point become a matter of course - and not an exception.

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