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Mutterzunge

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Die Erzählerin sucht ihre Wurzeln, denn ihrer "Mutterzunge" Türkisch ist sie durch viele Jahre in Berlin entfremdet. Sie verliebt sich in den arabischen Schriftgelehrten Ibni Abdullah, der sie in die Sprache der "heiligen" Liebe, die Sprache des Korans, einführt. Mittels der "Großvaterzunge" Arabisch, das vor Atatürks Reformen in der Türkei gesprochen und geschrieben wurde ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 120 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch GmbH & Co KG
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Danny
This is a collection of short stories by Emine Sevgi Özdamar which all relate to the theme of mother tongue. It's about finding out where home is, who we are and as a result, an important commentary on the Turkish-German/German-Turkish existence in Germany. This is not a very accessible piece of work. What's worse, it loses a lot in translation, not least in the third short story where the mix of Turkish and German creates a flow to the story and an identity to the characters, so it's definitely ...more
Linnea
Confession: I have not actually "read" this book.

Is it just me, or is this entire book crazy talk? I'll wait until some more reviews come along to decide whether to make another attempt. Maybe it's because it's a translation. I don't know.

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"The farmer, wearing his cleaner's uniform, threw his wife and children out of the Door to Germany. He said to her: 'I no longer consider you my wife. In my eyes, you are a murderer.'

She asked him: 'Where should I go with three children?'

The farmer said: 'Go u
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Ryan Mishap
A german author of Turkish descent, Ozdamar presents four stories about Turkish women acclimating--or not--to immigrant life in Germany. I usually like immigrant tales, even fictionalized ones, so I enjoyed this (although the translation rendered it a little stiff, I think). I've mostly read immigrant stories about people coming to the United States--in whatever century or decade--so it was interesting to get a glimpse, however fictionally, of another country. Germany can be cold.
Chiydem
dil, yani lisan üzerine (yazmak ve) okumak cazip. akmadı ama kitaptaki hikayeler.
Jen
I'm not sure if it was the translation, but this story was way too difficult for me to follow. I stopped reading about half way through.
sarah
she writes so beautifully about language, scripts, fluency, vocabulary. and it's a love story. in german. sigh...
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Emine Sevgi Özdamar (born 10 August 1946, in Malatya, Turkey), is a Turkish-German actress, director and author.

Özdamar has received a lot of recognition for her work. A lover of poetry, she found great inspiration in the works of Heinrich Heine and Bertolt Brecht, especially from an album of the latter's songs which she had bought in the 1960s in Berlin. She later decided to study with Brecht's d
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