Feridun Zaimoglu

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Feridun Zaimoglu in June 2023 on the occasion of the GPP film shoot in Kassel

- Stefanie Kreuzer | As of Oct. 2023 -

Feridun Zaimoglu - Grimm Poetics Professor 2023

Feridun Zaimoglu was honored as Grimm Poetics Professor at the University of Kassel in 2023.

The Turkish-born author became known with Kanak Sprak (1995). The text plays with documentary and fictional facets and illuminates in 24 monologues by migrants the question of how it is to live as a 'Kanake' in Germany.

Zaimoglu is an extremely productive and linguistically diverse experimenting author who has published a good dozen novels of different genres by 2022. The crime comedy Leinwand (2003), for example, is set in an artist's milieu. Leyla (2006) tells the story of the titular child protagonist, who grows up in patriarchally violent circumstances in Anatolia and, as a young mother, follows her husband to Germany as a migrant worker. Liebesbrand (2008) is about a largely unfulfilled love story after a serious bus accident. In the historical novel Evangelio (2017), Zaimgolu tells the story of Martin Luther as a birdman before his Bible translation at Wartburg Castle from the perspective of his lansquenet guarding him. Finally, Bewältigung (2022) is a fictional approach to Adolf Hitler from the point of view of a fictional car character.

Zaimoglu has also published several collections of stories-including Kopf und Kragen (2001), Zwölf Gramm Glück (2004), and Ich gehe durch das Deutschland meiner Tage (2018). He has also written plays in co-authorship with Günter Senkel for German and Austrian stages in Frankfurt, Bremen, Kiel, Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Salzburg, and Worms.

Events with Feridun Zaimoglu

Wed, July 5, 2023
6-8 p.m. | Campus Center, Lecture Hall II:
public poetics lecture:
"Poetik(en) des Alltags - oder: 7 mm bis Kopfnebel" (Poetics of Everyday Life - or: 7 mm to Head Fog)

Thurs, July 6, 2023
12-14 p.m.: Poetics Seminar
(for Kassel students with registration)


6-8 p.m. | Campus Center, Lecture Hall II:
public reading as 'text walk':
"Love, Dream and Death"

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Poster for Feridun Zaimoglu's
Grimm Poetics Professorship 2023

Image: Stefanie Kreuzer

Awards and prizes (selection)

  • 2003: Jury Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition in Klagenfurt for his story Häute from the short story collection Zwölf Gramm Glück (Twelve Grams of Happiness ) (2004)
  • 2003: Sylt Island Writer
  • 2004: Visiting professor at the FU Berlin
  • 2004: Adelbert von Chamisso Prize
  • 2005: Villa Massimo scholarship holder in Rome
  • 2007: Poetics lectureship at the University of Tübingen
  • 2012: Heinrich Heine Guest Lectureship Lüneburg
  • 2014: Longlisted for the German Book Prize with Isabel (2014)
  • 2015: Longlisted for the German Book Prize with Siebentürmeviertel (2015)
  • 2016: Berlin Literature Prize combined with the Heiner Müller Visiting Professorship at the Free University of Berlin
  • 2019: Zaimoglu is nominated for the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2019 in the category 'Fiction' with his novel Die Geschichte der Frau (2019)