Herzlich willkommenčić

Danko Rabrenović

Herzlich willkommenčić

Heimatgeschichten vom Balkanizer

192 pages
Original edition
First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-6332-7

HERZLICH WILLKOMMENČIĆ. Heimatgeschichten vom Balkanizer/

ca.200 pp.
Spring 2015

‘Welcomečić’ is anything but the blue-eyed, politically correct celebration of a successful integration and existing multi culturalism. In reality, this integration report has a surprising amount of rough edges. And a hell of a lot of humour.’ -Martin Oehlen, Kölner Stadtanzeiger

It is so easy to be a German or a Yugo. But to be a human being is the most difficult thing of all.

Ćevapčići and Sauerkraut – a journey between two worlds
From eco-Germans to turbo-Balkanites - Danko Rabrenović is an interpreter of souls

Danko Rabrenović serves up a selection of autobiographical stories and illuminates his everyday life between two worlds, Germany and the Balkans. He talks of eco-Germans and turbo-Balkanites and asks himself what it actually means when his neighbours never call by because they ‘don’t want to disturb his privacy’. And he remembers the day when his eight-year-old daughter no longer felt like being ‘the German’ in the family and asked them to get her a Croatian passport.

This book is a humorous journey that shows us how implicitly people can feel at home in several different cultures. Danko Rabrenović toys with cultural contrasts, but also shows what a symbiosis of both worlds can look like. In his stories, home is no longer a geographical coordinate but a feeling.

Danko Rabrenović
works as an author and radio presenter with the WDR. He is also the singer and guitarist of the Balkan-Ska-band “Trovači”. He comes from a Yugoslavian journalist family. As a child he spent three years in China, where his parents were working as foreign correspondents. He came to Germany shortly before the Balkan War broke out – and stayed, in order to avoid being called up. He studied English and media studies at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf.

Danko Rabrenović

Danko Rabrenovic stammt aus einer jugoslawischen Journalistenfamilie. Als Kind verbrachte er drei Jahre in China, wo seine Eltern als Korrespondenten arbeiteten. Kurz vor Ausbruch des Jugoslawienkrieges kam er nach Deutschland – und blieb, um der Einberufung in die Armee zu entgehen. Er studierte Anglistik und Medienwissenschaften an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Heute arbeitet er als Autor und Radio-Moderator beim WDR. Außerdem ist er Sänger und Gitarrist der Balkan-Ska-Band »Trovaci«.