The Blacksmith's Daughter
January is almost over but: We still wish you an adventurous, book-filled and healthy new year 2022!
We are off to a literary start with our first bilingual reading of the year:
The Goethe-Institut Nairobi is pleased to invite you to our public reading event on Thursday
This month we will introduce The Blacksmith’s Daughter, a novel about a childhood in Turkey’s Anatolia region in the 1950s, written by the child of Turkish immigrants to Germany, Selim Özdogan.
Already curious about the book? Here is a brief synopsis:
Selim Özdoğan’s trilogy traces out the life of Gül, a Turkish girl who grows up in rural 1950s Anatolia and then moves to Germany as a migrant worker. Book one details her initially idyllic childhood, ruptured by her mother’s early death. Ever close to her loving father, Gül grows into a warm-hearted, hard-working young woman. The Blacksmith’s Daughter is a novel full of carefree summers and hard winters, old wives’ tales and young people’s ambitions – the melancholy beauty and pain of an ordinary life.
The reading series seeks to introduce literature originally written in German to an African audience: We will read excerpts of the book in both German and its English translation. The reading is followed by an open discussion on the themes in the book – and beyond.
The excerpts are read by former Kenyan resident Sigrid Blumbach (German) whose heart is still in Kenya, and Kenyan linguist Fridah Kanana (English).
are the zoom logins for the event
Topic: Book Reading
Time: Jan 27, 2022 08:00 PM Nairobi