Reading with Hengameh Yaghoobifarah

The Center for the Humanities Reading Group “Comparative Readings of LGBTQ+ Literature in German” (Conveners: Christian Schuetz, Franzi Finkenstein) invites you to join for a discussion of Hengameh’s 2021 debut novel Ministerium der Träume (English: Ministry of Dreams) published by Blumenbar/Aufbau Verlag. Hengameh will be reading the novel’s first chapter in English and some other passages in German, followed by a Q&A and discussion in English. Please note: this is a Zoom event.

Ministerium der Träume: “When the police arrive at her door, Nas' world comes crashing down: Her sister Nushin is dead. Car accident, say the officers. Suicide, Nas is convinced. Together they have survived everything: their migration to Germany, the loss of their father, the emotional absence of their mother, Nushin's unplanned motherhood. Although a child does not fit into her life, Nas takes her niece in. Even when she finds out that Nushin had secrets, Nas swallows the betrayal, giving her all to reconstruct her sister's story – she realizes that Nushin would never have abandoned her. "Ministry of Dreams" is a novel about a family you choose and the one you are forced into. It’s a debut about the unconditional solidarity among siblings, a debut that also penetrates the dark corners of contemporary Germany.“ (Yaghoobifarah, translated by Christian Schuetz)

HENGAMEH YAGHOOBIFARAH was born in Kiel (Germany) in 1991. Hengameh studied Media Culture and Scandinavian Studies at University of Freiburg and Linköping University. Since 2014, Hengameh works as an editor at Missy Magazine and as a freelance journalist. Hengameh’s texts have appeared in SPEX, an.schläge, and Hengameh’s column “Habibitus” appears in the German daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis.

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