This is a coming of age story about a Zaza (Eastern Anatolian culture) child in the Netherlands tackling the intricacies of having an immigrant background and an abusive father in a poverty stricken neighbourhood during the late 80s early 90s heroin crisis. And yes, it's as dire as it sounds but simultaneously, it is just so nice to read a book about this neighbourhood where I also lived at that time (though in much better circumstances than the main character) which highlights the good with the bad -and- lays the blame where it's supposed to be, with the government who let the area down from its inception, rather than placing it (like all the media did at the time) with the residents. Much love for this book for that reason.
Checking this out! I don't read fast but I am consistent :D
For work I read a lot of scientific papers so sadly I don't have too much energy to come home and read much of the political stuff that is still on my wish list. So there will probably be quite a lot of (science) fiction ...
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I highly recommend this book by a renowned Moroccan feminist and sociologist to anyone who considers themselves a feminist and also to anyone who might have preconceived notions about Islam and feminism. I feel it has aged well (2001). It was written in a very personal and easy to read way and it has a playfulness & storytelling quality to it which I don't think you find a lot in academic works. I so rarely get exposed to critiques of the western form of patriarchy from the perspective of a non-western feminist who also isn't living in a western country. Very unique read for me and am certainly interested in reading some of her other works at some stage.