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Die Tochter des Schmieds: Roman (German) Paperback – February 28, 2011


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Aufbau Taschenbuch (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3746627346
  • ISBN-13: 978-3746627342
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,185,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By reader on February 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Please, could we have an English translation of this?

A fat, aging Turkish Gastarbeiterin in a city in West Germany, as likely as not dressed traditionally, wearing a headscarf. A commonplace image. In Germany one sees them every day and usually doesn't give them a second thought, and the same is true for their North African and South Asian counterparts in France and Britain, respectively. I doubt that the natives of those countries ever bother to try to think about these immigrant women outside of the stereotypical categories the tabloids tuck them into: poor, Muslim, uneducated, arranged marriages, too many children, honor killings. In general, a problem. What would it take for them to consider one of them as an individual and ask themselves: Who is this? What is this life, what secrets are hidden in this heart, what dreams did she have, what has she suffered, sacrificed, hoped for?

That is what this book does: holds up the magnifying glass to the life of a Turkish immigrant in Germany, showing her days as a girl, adolescent and young mother in a small Anatolian town. A quiet, delicate soul, one of three sisters each of whom had a special talent. Gül's talent was her ability to bear pain. She suffers in silence, never telling anyone about her dreams and hopes. Most tragically, she is unable to react to the advances of the boy she loves. Though she is given three chances (a chance meeting in the street, a letter, a winning lottery ticket) to make some kind of a start with the boy, she is unable to take advantage of any one of them: what would people say about a girl who reacted to the advances of a boy? And so she ends up married at age 15 to a man who is never able, and never even wants, to understand her, a man whose only interests are alcohol and cars.

This book is an extraordinary portrait, showing the poetry hidden in the ordinary and the plain, the human hopes, fears and dreams of quiet, suffering immigrant masses.
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