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Für alle, die an kalten Orten leben, eine Sammlung von Geschichten, die das Herz erfreuen.
Winter Shorts ist eine Sammlung bezaubernder Kurzgeschichten, herausgegeben von Clementine Burnley und Sharon Dodua Otoo, mit bisher unveröffentlichten Werken von Clementine Burnley, Bino Byansi Byakuleka, Noah Hofmann, Njideka Stephanie Iroh, Elsa M’bala, Muriel Mben, Sharon Dodua Otoo, WoMANtís RANDom, Tigist H. Schmidt and Monique Simpson. Jede Geschichte spielt im Winter in einem deutschsprachigen Land, in jeder geraten faszinierende Charaktere in witzige, dramatische oder tragische Situationen. Diese Anthologie präsentiert Geschichten, die bewegen – zum mitlachen, zum weinen, zum reflektieren – und die Leser*innen inspirieren …
Clementine Ewokolo Burnley ist Mutter, Geschichtenerzählerin und Sozialarbeiterin. Ihre kurzen Stücke, Essays und Gedichte erschienen zuletzt in der National Flash Fiction Anthology, Barren, Erbacce Journal, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Schlosspost Membrane, Losslit, Emma Press‘ Second Place Rosette: Anthology of Britain, und die Neue Rundschau (Fischer Verlag). Clementine war in der Endauswahl für den Amsterdam Open Book Prize, den Firstpages Prize, den Bristol Short Story Prize, den Miles Morland Award, den Esalen Emerging Writers Award, den Bridport Flash Fiction Competition und in der Halbfinalauswahl für Splitlip, den Erbacce Poetry Prize/ Bath Flash Competitions.
Sharon Dodua Otoo ist Autorin und politische Aktivistin. Sie schreibt Prosa und Essays und ist Herausgeberin der englischsprachigen Buchreihe „Witnessed“. Ihre ersten Novellen „die dinge, die ich denke, während ich höflich lächle“ und „Synchronicity“ erschienen in englischer Sprache und deutscher Übersetzung bei edition assemblage. Mit dem Text „Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin“ gewann Otoo 2016 den Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis. 2020 hielt sie die Klagenfurter Rede zur Literatur „Dürfen Schwarze Blumen Malen?“ (Verlag Heyn). Ihr erster Roman auf Deutsch „Adas Raum“ erscheint Februar 2021 beim S. Fischer Verlag.
Snow in a city seems unnecessary. It looks enchanting for a while, as the first flakes settle and enwrap the streets and the rooftops in glistening white. The hectic pace of the city slows down. But soon, snow gets mucky and slushy. It becomes a nuisance; dogs pee on it, cars drive on it, roads get icy. Emergency rooms are packed with patients with broken legs and arms from minor accidents on slippery pavements and zebra crossings … As far as I know, the lyrics were “walking in a winter wonderland” and not “slipping and sliding in a choleric white Christmas village.”
from “Support a Black-Owned Business Especially at Christmas” by Njideka Stephanie Iroh
For those who live in cold places, a collection of short stories to warm your heart.
Winter Shorts is a collection of delightful short stories edited by Clementine Burnley and Sharon Dodua Otoo featuring original work by the authors Clementine Burnley, Bino Byansi Byakuleka, Noah Hofmann, Njideka Stephanie Iroh, Elsa M’bala, Muriel Mben, Sharon Dodua Otoo, WoMANtís RANDom, Tigist H. Schmidt and Monique Simpson. All set in a German-speaking country in winter time, each of the stories introduce vivid characters in sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic and sometimes tragic circumstances. This anthology showcases stories that move: to laugh with, to cry over, to reflect on, and to inspire …
Clementine Ewokolo Burnley is a mother, public storyteller and community worker. Her short pieces, essays and poetry have recently appeared in the National Flash Fiction Anthology, Barren, Erbacce Journal, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Schlosspost Membrane, Losslit, Emma Press‘ Second Place Rosette: Anthology of Britain, and die Neue Rundschau (Fischer Verlag). Clementine has been in the final selection for the Amsterdam Open Book Prize, Firstpages Prize, Bristol Short Story Prize, the Miles Morland Award, Esalen Emerging Writers Award, the Bridport Flash Fiction Competition and in the semi-final for Splitlip, Erbacce Poetry Prize/Bath Flash Competitions.
Sharon Dodua Otoo is an author and political activist. She writes prose and essays and is editor of the English-language book series “Witnessed”. Her first novellas “the things i think while smiling politely” and “Synchronicity” were published both in English and in German translation by edition assemblage. With the text “Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin” Otoo won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2016. In 2020 she held the inaugural speech at the Festival of German Language Literature (published by Heyn). Her first novel in German “Adas Raum” will be published in February 2021 by S. Fischer Verlag.
Praise for Winter Shorts:
The stories in Winter Shorts depict characters who are displaced in many senses: geographically, socially, culturally, linguistically – and, most importantly of all, they are black people in a white world. The winter of the title clearly stands as a metaphor for the cold, alien environment of Germany and Austria in which the characters, and perhaps the authors themselves, are outsiders. The majority of contributors to this volume are appearing in print for the first time. Witnessed is to be congratulated on having supported this project and for having provided this platform for black voices to tell their own stories in their own words.
Honorary Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
Winter Shorts is a very important collection of writings by African Diasporic/Black writers that turn global white supremacy on its head in both subtle and profound ways. Each contribution reminds this African-American cultural worker that the struggle to define and redefine oneself in countries that consistently marginalize and demonize Blackness is international. Co-Editors Clementine Burnley and Sharon Dodua Otoo did a masterful job with compiling a diverse group of extraordinary authors whose writings defy the myth of the monolithic African/Black experience.
Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Producer/Director, NO! The Rape Documentary and Sterling Brown, Visiting Professor of Africana Studies, Williams College, United States and Associate Editor for The Feminist Wire
Winter Shorts gave me feelings similar to those I had when I was a little girl devouring my late paternal grandmother’s bookshelf, a space that introduced me to Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Ann Petry, James Baldwin, Gloria Naylor, and other legendary Black writers. It gave me feelings similar to those that I have when I’m with family eating BBQ, drinking cocktails, and playing cards. It gave me feelings similar to those I have when I’m at an academic conference full of Black folk. It gave me feelings similar to those I have when I visit my friends and comrades in Berlin. The feeling is this: I am honored and blessed to be part of such a rich, complex, and electric community full of joy, pain, laughter, sadness, fear, excitement. The misery Burnley caresses in “Boom” is there. The embarrassment that turns into pain that turns into anger is there, as Iroh embraces in “Support a Black-Owned Business Especially at Christmas.” The oblivion that Simpson massages in “Raw” is there, too. It’s all there, because, as Burnley points out, “The characters in our stories are hurting but they are finding ways to make it on their own terms, without giving up their identities.” Although she has transcended this life, Toni Cade Bambara always reminds us that the writer’s job is to “make the revolution irresistible.” The many brilliant writers who share their voices with us in Winter Shorts take up this tremendous task by reminding us that the revolution happens in our hearts, minds, and spirits during moments when we might least expect it.
Dr. Heidi R. Lewis
Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies, Colorado College, United States and Associate Editor for The Feminist Wire
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