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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Inter- und Transkulturelle Begegnungen in A.P. Brinks Roman The other side of silence : Literatur von der Romantik bis zur Gegenwart
Inter- und Transcultural Encounters in A.P. Brink's novel The other side of silence
The book tells Hanna's story. She grows up in a strict orphanage at the end of the nineteenth century in Bremen. In January 1902 she leaves on the 'Hans Woermann' for Swakopmund. On the train ride from Swakopmund to Windhoek Hanna has to endure the cruelty of the colonialists', an experience she shares with many black people in this country. Eventually Hanna wants to take revenge but when she stands in front of Hauptmann Böhlke she does not kill him. What is really fascinating about this story, though, are the encounters that take place between Hanna and the various tribes, particularly tribesmen and their acceptance of her as their leader. In order to find out how this is at all possible these meetings are looked at from an intercultural and / or transcultural point of view.
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