Mahmood Falaki: Ich bin Ausländer und das ist auch gut so

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“What nationality are you?!”
“I come from Persia.” “Brazil? Well, you don’t look South American!”
“No, Persia, Iran!” “Oh, Iran! So, you’re a Muslim!”
“No!” “No? Have they got Christians in Turkey?”

In his pointed short stories and snapshots of life Mahmood Falaki outlines, in a humourous manner, encounters between people of various cultures. From an objective and ironic viewpoint, he describes comical dialogues and misunderstandings arising from the widely diverse viewpoints of the protagonists and prompts the reconsideration of hard-wired perceptions and prejudices.

Prose | 3rd edition 2016 | 156 pages | Price: 12,80 € | ISBN: 978-3-96202-016-3

Produktbeschreibung

Ich bin Ausländer und das ist auch gut so (I’m a foreigner and that’s fine)
by Mahmood Falaki

“What nationality are you?!”
“I come from Persia.” “Brazil? Well, you don’t look South American!”
“No, Persia, Iran!” “Oh, Iran! So, you’re a Muslim!”
“No!” “No? Have they got Christians in Turkey?”

In his pointed short stories and snapshots of life Mahmood Falaki outlines, in a humourous manner, encounters between people of various cultures. From an objective and ironic viewpoint, he describes comical dialogues and misunderstandings arising from the widely diverse viewpoints of the protagonists and prompts the reconsideration of hard-wired perceptions and prejudices. The stories tell of the banalities and absurdities in the daily life of “foreigners” in Germany. But alongside the comedy he also gets down to the nitty-gritty: while reading the poetic and cleverly related stories, sometimes the laugh gets caught in one’s throat. …

Press commentary

Christine Gorny, Radio Bremen:

“The title “Ich bin Ausländer und das ist auch gut so” (I’m a foreigner and that’s fine) references the outing of the erstwhile mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. This is intentional, says Christine Gorny. The title plays with this motif and gives voice to the fact that Mahmood Falaki is happy to go unabashed on the offensive, just as Klaus Wowereit did in his turn. Furthermore, the title makes clear that Falaki doesn’t want to tell tales of misery and woe but wants, fully self-aware, to illustrate experiences which happened to him a foreigner in Germany. His short stories are snapshots – unsettling, forgiving, healing – but always with a good feel for a punchline.
In Falakis’ stories it isn’t so much about open xenophobia but rather about everyday, subtle, unconscious ostracism; about the fear of the different that exists on both sides.”

 

Anne Fitsch, Einblick März – Mai 2016

“…. Amongst all the wonderful comedy Falaki never loses sight of the message. …But Mahmood Falaki also succeeds, often unconsciously, in revealing prejudices. Sooner or later one senses: No, it isn’t always just other people who make life difficult for our foreign nationals. Sometimes it is I who is anxious, who is oversensitive, who is too quick to judge and believes he knows it all. The author does not justify himself, makes no excuses and offers no explanations. Fact or fiction is deliberately left unclear, leaving the reader free to decide what he wants to believe. And that is the charm: what superficially is light reading reveals itself to be quite thought provoking. I appreciate this book for its self-confidence, because it isn’t humble, because it doesn’t accuse or whinge. Mahmood Falaki is a very close observer and knows exactly what pushes whose buttons.”

 

Wolfgang Schlott, Das Blättchen:

“The author, poet and literary scholar Mahmood Falaki from Iran, who has lived in Germany since 1983, reveals in his stories and poems the specific viewpoint of a foreigner, playing the part of the patient and often astonished interlocutor, when meeting other exiles as well as Germans. Patient, because his narrator in “Ich bin ein Ausländer und das ist auch gut so” seeks conversation with elderly German contemporaries in the tube trains of Hamburg and Berlin. His motive? He is repeatedly asked about his origins and nationality. Reason enough to test the knowledge of geography of his conversation partner, and occasionally, just for the fun of it, to adopt a bogus identity.”

The full review you find here.

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