Reading and discussion Meet the Author #20: Fatma Aydemir

Fatma Aydemir, 2021 © Sibylle Fendt

Tue, 13.09.2022

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM



We are delighted to welcome you to our first round of the International Book Club after the summer break, in September. We are particularly looking forward to our next guest Fatma Aydemir, whose novel Dschinns we highly recommend. 

Whether you spend your summer on the beach, on the balcony, or in the office, this book will make you instantly forget what's going on around you. To discuss this amazing book we look forward to welcoming Shayan Riaz, who will moderate the conversation with Fatma Aydemir. Shayan Riaz studied Film and Cultural Journalism and is Project Manager for cultural education at the Goethe-Institut in Hamburg. Shayan already interviewed Fatma Aydemir for in June, you can read the interview here

All are welcome to participate in the online event. It is not a requirement to have read the book. Participation is free of charge, the discussion will take place in German.


Perhaps family is nothing more than a construct of stories, more stories and yet more stories. But then what significance do the gaps and the silences hold?

Hüseyin has worked in Germany for thirty years, and now he's finally fulfilled his dream of owning an apartment in Istanbul. But he dies of a heart attack on the day he moves in. His family travels from Germany to attend Hüseyin's funeral. Fatma Aydemir's great social novel tells the story of six fundamentally different people who happen to be related to each other. They all have their own baggage: secrets, desires, wounds. What unites them, however, is the feeling that someone is watching them in Hüseyin's apartment. Full of force and beauty, Dschinns questions the structure of the family, looking deep into the history of past decades and far ahead into the future.

Reading sample (in German)

Fatma Aydemir

Fatma Aydemir, 2021 © Sibylle Fendt Fatma Aydemir was born in Karlsruhe in 1986. She lives in Berlin and is a columnist and editor at taz.

In 2017, Hanser published her debut novel Ellbogen, for which she received the Klaus Michael Kühne Prize and the Franz Hessel Prize. In 2019, she co-edited the anthology Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum with Hengameh Yaghoobifarah. Her second novel Dschinns (Hanser, 2022) was awarded the Robert Gernhardt Prize.


You can register here:

You will then receive a link to the online live session.


Everyone who wants to read and discover German literature, meet authors and share their reading experience with others - even if you haven't read the book yet. The book club will be held in German. All participants should have sufficient language skills to read and discuss in German.


We will use Zoom for our meeting. We recommend using a headset, as speakers can create distracting echo effects. Participation is possible from PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. To participate, simply follow the link we will send you after registration and sign in to the room.