Can Merey: Forever a Guest. Blessing Verlag (Paperback, Biographies & Autobiographies, Reportage & collected journalism, Society & culture, Social & ethical issues)

Forever a Guest

How Germans stopped a Turk from getting anywhere

Original Title: Der ewige Gast

original edition

Paperback, with flaps, 320 pages, 13.5 x 20.6 cm, 5.3 x 8.1 in., 13 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-89667-605-4
€ 17.00 [D] | € 17.50 [A] | CHF 24.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: April 10, 2018
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Can  Merey - Forever a Guest


The true story of a Turkish immigrant, from 1958 to the present day – authentically told

Tosun, the son of a secular industrialist family in Istanbul, comes to Germany in autumn 1958 – not as a guest worker but to learn German and later go to university. After his final exams, he sets the course for a life in Germany: he marries Maria, who comes from a Bavarian farming family, starts a family in which only German is spoken, is a manager in a German company and takes on German nationality. Even his taste buds adapt to German cuisine and he becomes partial to roast pork and loves a glass of wheat beer. And yet nearly sixty years later Tosun almost regrets coming to Germany instead of following his sister's example and moving to the USA, where she has never faced discrimination. Making a career appropriate to his commitment was not possible here. He was all too often made to feel that he is worth less than a true German.

Journalist Can Merey tells his father's story so authentically, discerningly and precisely that it sheds a new light both on our relationship to the some three million German Turks in the country and also on our relationship with Turkey.


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