n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Exploring notions of identity and multiculturalism
A close reading of Zafer Şenocak's (1997)




Zafer Şenocak was born in Ankara in 1961, but grew up in Istanbul and moved to Germany at the age of eight. He currently lives and works in Berlin. His novel entitled (1997) narrates the fragmented story of Sascha, who in turn narrates his very own (and equally fragmented) story. Sascha is a restless character and is constantly travelling and moving. Ultimately this travelling leads him to the American Prairie. Through a close reading of the novel, this paper will explore the consequences of Sascha's restlessness, particularly in terms of how it relates to the concept of multiculturalism, as well as that of national and cultural identity and identification.


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