Black September


Original Title: Schwarzer September

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 384 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87475-3
€ 22.00 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: September 9, 2019
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Rights sold to: Greece (Nisos)

Sherko  Fatah - Black September


"Sherko Fatah is one of the politically most perceptive German writers." Die Zeit

Black September is a novel about the terrorism of the seventies. Rebellious idealists such as Theresa, Alexander and Jakob travel to the Middle East to receive training. Their families in the Federal Republic of Germany are left with legends. People from the Middle East, on the other hand, move to the Federal Republic to organize actions. They all have one thing in common: to be instruments in a context they cannot comprehend. Waves of violence that still concern us today, even though terrorism has since shifted from a violence exercised with revolutionary vigour to an expression of extremely politicized religiosity.

Sherko Fatah is one of the wisest observers and interpreters of what is happening in the Middle East. His novels, rich in facts yet dense in atmosphere, are ahead of their time even when they look back into the past. They trace the adventurous paths of characters from different cultures in the midst of conflicts in the Middle East and describe the effects of these conflicts which also reach today's Western Europe like shock waves.

"How war reproduces itself, even into the middle of our pacified society, is an unclear story which cannot be told in a simple outline. Sherko Fatah manages to probe into violence in all its variations without making himself into an accomplice." Excerpt from the decision of the jury on awarding the 1915 Großer Kunstpreis in Berlin

"His books enrich our intercultural literary writing with their ruthless portrayal of war and terror. These intensive works of linguistic art always focus on the complex emotional life of the victims of inhuman barbarity and their unquenchable hope of a peaceful and humane world." Excerpt from the decision of the jury on awarding the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize

"Sherko Fatah tells the most exciting and tension-filled stories in contemporary German literature."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (02.05.2019)


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