Abbas Khider
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Abbas Khider

Abbas Khider was born in Baghdad in 1973. He was sent to prison at the age of 19 because of his political activities. After he was released, he fled Iraq and spent time in several different countries. He has been living in Germany since the year 2000, and studied literature and philosophy in Munich and Potsdam. His debut novel, Der falsche Inder (The Village Indian), was published in 2008, and was followed by the novels Die Orangen des Präsidenten (2011) and Brief in die Auberginenrepublik (2013). He has received numerous distinctions, including most recently the Nelly Sachs Prize and the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize. Abbas Khider now lives in Berlin. His publications with Hanser include Ohrfeige (A Slap in the Face) (novel, 2016), Deutsch für alle (the ultimate language textbook, 2019) and Palast der Miserablen (Roman, 2020). abbaskhider.com and on Facebook

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The Memory Forger

The Memory Forger

Which memories make us who we are?

A hugely powerful life story: a bridge between Germany and Iraq, a great story of searching and remembering. This moving and poetic novel carries ...

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The Palace of the Wretched

The Palace of the Wretched

This is the story of a boy from the slums of Baghdad – up to the moment when his life falls apart forever. A personal, vivid novel filled with unforgettable characters. Both existential and ...

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German for Everyone

German for Everyone

Hitler, Scheiße, Lufthansa. These were the only three German words that Abbas Khider knew when he fled from Iraq. Twenty years later, he is an award-winning German writer. This is his unusual ...

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A Slap in the Face

A Slap in the Face

A refugee walks into the alien registration officeto speak to the clerk in charge of his case for the last time. He is furious and has only one desire: that someone actually listens to him for ...

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Abbas Khider

Presse

"Khider ist nicht nur, weil er uns mit deutscher Verlogenheit konfrontiert, ein preiswürdiger Autor. Jeder seiner poetisch grundierten Romane ist klug geformt. Er bringt uns zum Lächeln, spielt mit Klischees, lässt uns staunen über die Wunder im Elend." Christian Delius in der Laudatio des Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Preises, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 10.03.17

"Khider schreibt schon seit vielen Jahren Bücher, die jeden Menschen, der eine Seele und ein Herz hat, in eine Welt verschleppen, in der man sich mal fürchtet, mal verliebt. ... Es ist außergewöhnliche Literatur." Anna Prizkau, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 30.01.22

Awards

2017 Stadtschreiber der Stadt Mainz

2017 Chamisso-Preis der Robert Bosch Stiftung

2016 Spycher-Literaturpreis

Bibliographie

Im Carl Hanser Verlag erschienen
2016 Ohrfeige. Roman
2019 Deutsch für alle. Das Lehrbuch

Weitere Veröffentlichungen
2008 Der falsche Inder. Roman
2011 Die Orangen des Präsidenten. Roman
2013 Brief in die Auberginenrepublik. Roman