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Sherko Fatah

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Sherko Fatah

Sherko Fatah was born in East Berlin in 1964 to a German mother and an Iraqi Kurd father. Fatah spent part of his childhood in Iraq, where his extended family still lives today. In 1975, he and his parents settled in West Germany. Fatah studied philosophy and art history in West Berlin and wrote a master's thesis on philosophical hermeneutics.

 

 

In 1999 he attended a writers' workshop at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, one of Germany's most prestigious literary venues. During this time he worked on his first novel, Im Grenzland [At the Borderline], for which he received the Aspecte Prize in 2001. His second book, Donnie, the story of a foreign legionnaire haunted by memories, has just been published. Sherko Fatah writes in German.

Articles by Sherko Fatah

Death of a Swan
By Sherko Fatah
Later it wasn’t easy for Michael to believe that they had really been capable of it. It must have been because it was Christmas Eve, one of the last of the century, because of the solemn air of…
Translated from German by Martin Chalmers
from At the Borderline
By Sherko Fatah
Set in the border triangle of Iran, Irak, and Turkey, Im Grenzland [At the Borderline] is the story of an Iraqi Kurd who makes his living as a smuggler. Having bought a map of landmines from a former…
Translated from German by Andrea Heyde