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Multicultural Germany Course: Week 5 Summary (Sept. 28 & 30)

This last week in class, we discussed the idea of German collective memory and screened the film Almanya – Welcome to Germany. The week’s discussions started with how the term “melting pot” was used to describe US culture in the … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course: Week 4 Summary (Sept. 21 & 23)

Who defines identity? Germany’s struggle with inclusivity. This last week in class, we discussed the limits of Germany’s capacity to take in immigrants and what it means to be German. Proponents of reducing the number of foreigners in Germany believe … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course, Fall Semester 2015

This course addresses questions of mobility and borders in our increasingly connected and disjointed world. We will approach the history of post-World War II Germany through the lens of migration, reading a variety of texts critically and relating them to … Continue reading

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New Issue of TRANSIT

“TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World” is pleased to announce the publication of the first installment of texts in the 2013-14 volume: an excerpted translation of  Ali’s Kürk Mantolu Madonna (The Madonna in the Fur Coat, 1943) … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class: “The Bridge of the Golden Horn”

This post is part of a series in which students reflect on their discussions in the UC Berkeley undergraduate seminar “Multicultural Germany.” This week’s summary is by Teddy Lee:  The Bridge of the Golden Horn (original title: Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn) by … Continue reading

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Warum das Kind das Polenta kocht

English translation: Why the Child is Cooking the Polenta, translated by Vincent King, Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press , 2012. Book review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Ying Ruan: Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta is a semi-autobiographical novel written by … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class: Multiple Tongues

This post is part of a series in which students reflect on their discussions in the UC Berkeley undergraduate seminar “Multicultural Germany.” This week’s summary is by Jenelle Mathews:  This week in class was a continuation of last week’s topic, Multiple … Continue reading

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Der Mensch ist ein grosser Fasan auf der Welt (The Passport)

English translation: The Passport, translated by Martin Chalmers, London: Serpent’s Tail, 1989 Book review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Preethi Kandhalu: The Passport is a novel by Herta Müller that was published in 1986; Müller was the winner of the Nobel Prize for … Continue reading

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Transit

Written between 1941-42 while in Exile. First published in English, Spanish, and French in 1944; German original first published in the Berliner Zeitung in 1947.  Newest English translation: Transit, translated by Margo Bettauer Dembo, New York: New York Review of Books, … Continue reading

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Scherbenpark (Broken Glass Park)

English translation: Broken Glass Park, translated by Tim Mohr, Europa Editions, 2010. Book Review by UC Berkeley undergraduate student Brittany Scott:  Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky was published in 2010 and is a young adult novel that brilliantly emphasizes how differences … Continue reading

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Die schärfsten Gerichte der tatarischen Küche (The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine)

English translation: The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, translated by Tim Mohr, New York: Europa Editions, 2011. Book review by UC Berkeley undergraduate student Melissa Carlson:  Alina Bronsky’s novel, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, which was written in … Continue reading

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Bekannte Fremde: Geschichten aus dem interkulturellen Alltag

Book Review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Teddy Lee:  Das Buch von Klaus F. Geiger, Bekannte Fremde: Geschichten aus dem interkulturellen Alltag gibt einen Überblick über die kulturellen unterschiede zwischen den Deutschen und den Türken. Alle Formen von Diskriminierungen gegen lebenden … Continue reading

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Deutschland allein zu Haus

Book review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Sara Sellami: Deutschland allein zu Haus is a novel written by the Turkish-German author, Osman Engin, and was published in 2013. The book tells the story of a Turkish-German family coming back from vacations … Continue reading

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Book Review: “In Times of Fading Light”

As part of their work for the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students in the course have reviewed recent German books relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Jennifer Lau reviewed Eugen … Continue reading

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In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts

English Translation: In Times of Fading Light, translated by Anthea Bell, Minneapolis: Grey Wolf Press, 2013. Book review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Jennifer Lau Family dynamics, interestingly enough, rarely change across time. Society progresses and human beings adapt, but internal … Continue reading

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Ohne Fleiss kein Reis: Wie ich ein guter Deutscher wurde

Review in Deutschlandfunk 12 June 2012 Wladimir Kaminer’s Blog Review 23 April 2013 Book Review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Tanja Mehlo:  Ohne Fleiß kein Reis was written in 2012 by Martin Hyun. In this collection of stories taken from his … Continue reading

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Tauben fliegen auf

Reviews in German on perlentaucher.de

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Abrahams Heimkehr. Geschichten zu den jüdischen Feiertagen

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1001 Nachtschichten. Mordstorys am Fließband

Vorzeigeeinwanderer Osman hat nichts mehr zu lachen: Erst muss er ein ganzes Wochenende lang in Untersuchungshaft verbringen, weil er absurderweise unter Mordverdacht geraten ist, und dann will ihm gleich am Montag sein Meister die Kündigung überreichen, um mit Billigarbeitskräften gegen … Continue reading

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Septembertee oder Das geliehene Leben

In ihrem 50. Lebensjahr steht Renan Demirkan am Grab ihrer Mutter in deren türkischem Heimatdorf, erinnert sich noch einmal an die gemeinsamen Jahre und fragt nach den Vorstellungen von Leben und Glück, die ihre Generation mit der ihrer Mutter zugleich … Continue reading

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