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date: 27 May 2020

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This chapter focuses on the development of the Arab German novel. Arab writers came to Germany primarily as students and political exiles and became well known in the country in the 1980s. In the beginning, most of them engaged with the thematics of immigration and cultural diversity and encountered prejudice in the reception of their works, as had Turkish writers. The work of the pioneers of Arab German literature was also categorized under the exclusionist term Gastarbeiterliteratur (guest worker literature) and Ausländerliteratur (literature of foreigners). After providing an overview of the beginnings and major themes of the Arab German novel, this chapter considers the works of pioneer writers from Syria, Lebanon, and the Negev, as well as those of Iraqi German writers.

Keywords: guest worker, Arab German novel, Arab writers, Arab German literature, Rafik Schami

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