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IM BAUCH DER KÖNIGIN / IN THE BELLY OF THE QUEEN
A Novel, ca. 250 pages
English sample available
IM BAUCH DER KÖNIGIN /
IN THE BELLY OF THE QUEEN
A Novel, ca. 250 pages, Spring 2020
English sample available!
“Karosh Taha handles her subject matter masterfully, resulting in an astute and empathetic insider perspective on the Iraqi-Kurdish community in Germany.” New Books in German on "Im Bauch der Königin"
“A very impressive literary debut about the difficulties of arriving in your own life. A voice that will hopefully enrich German literature with further novels.” Mareike Ilsemann, WDR 5 on "Beschreibung einer Krabbenwanderung"
“Karosh Taha has found a language of her own, which shifts between opulent imagery, casual humour and direct bluntness.” Jérôme Jaminet SPIEGEL ONLINE on "Beschreibung einer Krabbenwanderung"
“Taha is without any doubt a gifted story teller.”
Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki, WESTDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
Shahira is breaking the rules of the Kurdish community several times: she is a single mother, doesn’t bother about other people’s gazes which her permissiveness attracts, and she doesn’t live monogamous.
For Amal and Raffiq, her son’s friends, she is both fascinating and provocative. They admire Shahira’s life style but at the same time they look down on her for seemingly putting her own needs above the needs of her son. Her otherness confronts the teenagers again and again with their own wishes, desires, prejudices and also their decisions. And so it changes their lives forever.
Im Bauch der Königin combines alternative stories Amal and Raffiq each narrate individually in the form of a “turnaround”- book. Each story has its own rules, develops the characters in different directions and shows that there is more than one truth. And yet there are overlaps, and the characters, themes, issues and perspectives mirror each other. Realities shift around.
Karosh Taha’s outstanding ability as a storyteller unifies both parts of the book, and so does her powerful and sensual language and her directness, her wit and insightfulness. This is an outstanding book by an outstanding, talented author.
Karosh Taha was born in 1987 in the small town of Zaxo in Northern Iraq. She has lived in the German Ruhr region since 1997, studying English literature and history in Duisburg-Essen as well as in Kansas, US. Her debut novel ‘Beschreibung einer Krabbenwanderung’ was published by DuMont in 2018. The author received the Emerging Artist Prize of North Rhine Westphalia, a scholarship from the LCB and the Heinrich Heine Prize, the Literature Prize of Hohenems, a scholarship from the German Literary Fund and from the Rolf Dieter Brinkmann Prize in 2019.