What does it mean to be asked to justify or defend your alleged ‘homeland’ or your family’s religious affiliation after every perceived crisis? After the NSU scandal, how much trust can we still place in the security apparatus of the German state? How does racism impact gender and sexuality?
This book is a manifesto against Heimat. In fourteen personal essays, contemporary authors provide insight on their daily lives, extending a mirror to German society to reflect its lived realities: a country that markets itself as a model for progressive democracy while simultaneously designating a segment of its population as Other—perpetually failing to protect or value their lives.
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English translations of the essays were originally published on Transit: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World by UC Berkeley’s TRANSIT Journal. © 2019 by Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH, Berlin, published by Ullstein fünf Verlag.
Fatma Aydemir, Simone Dede Ayivi, Max Czollek, Olga Grjasnowa, Enrico Ippolito, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Sasha Marianna Salzmann, Reyhan Şahin, Mithu Sanyal, Nadia Shehadeh, Margarete Stokowski, Deniz Utlu, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Vina Yun
Jon Cho-Polizzi, Thomas Benjamin Fuhr, Allison García, Wojtek Gornicki, Adrienne Merritt, Michael Sandberg, Be Schierenberg, Lou Silhol-Macher, Elizabeth Sun, Jonas Teupert, Didem Uca
size: 14 cm x 19 cm, 208 pages
thread stitching / lacquer finish
1. edition: 1000 copies
printed in Germany