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Soon, The Future Of Memory
Anja Saleh Series: Witnessed
German, English
Paperback, 94 pages
140 x 205mm
978-3-96042-101-6 / 2-973
12,00 Euro
Publication date: 06/2021
Series: Witnessed
German, English
Paperback, 94 pages
140 x 205mm
978-3-96042-101-6 / 2-973
12,00 Euro
Publication date: 06/2021


A poetry collection which explores the contradictions and complexities
of belonging, of “home” and of self from the perspective of a German of African descent.

Soon, The Future Of Memory, der erste Gedichtband in voller Länge von Anja Saleh, ist eine hoffnungsvolle und verwundbare Darstellung des Lebens einer deutschen Frau afrikanischer Herkunft. Eine Odyssee von der bloßen Akzeptanz bis zur Neugestaltung und zum Umdenken der Definitionen von Afrikanischsein, Arabischsein und Schwarzsein und des wahrgenommenen Selbst in einem modernen Kontext.

Soon, The Future Of Memory, the first full-length poetry collection by Anja Saleh, is a hopeful and vulnerable portrayal of the life of a German woman of African descent. An odyssey from mere acceptance to reimagining and rethinking definitions of Africanness, Arabness and Blackness and the perceived self in a modern context.

Author & Series

Anja Saleh — Anja Saleh, trained as a political and social scientist, is an educator, designer and poet. In her writing she re-explores spirituality, trauma, love and home as individually formable concepts and questions the very context in which she was taught the meaning of most of what she knows today. read more

Witnessed — Witnessed is a book series published in a cooperation between edition assemblage and Sharon Dodua Otoo. It contributes English language testimonies to existing “Black in Germany” accounts (both fiction and non-fiction) while simultaneously providing access to this literature to international English-speaking audiences. read more

Reading Sample / Cover

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Excerpt from the book Soon, The Future Of Memory:

i once heard that in poetry
we find answers
but i came to ask questions
like why?
or rather who?
decided for poets to answer
others‘ questions
while they have a mind full of their own?
or maybe
poetry is the answer to
are we alone?
and it always answers no.


Reviews (3)

A stunning read – searing, searching, healing all at once. Anja Saleh has crafted an exceptional piece of work. —  Musa Okwonga, Author of In The End It Was All About Love
In these poems, Anja sits so effortlessly yet uncompromisingly in her power and courage and convitions. This is a collection that doesn’t give up all the answers, but leaves a trail of necessary questions in its wake. —  sara m saleh, Award-winning Arab-Australian* poet and writer
As if responding to the question how long is now? famously written on berlin walls, Anja Saleh’s Soon, The Future Of Memory asks poeticizing questions, in order to reach beyond the hyphens, the silences and the gaps of our memories; voicing hidden stories which are already there. present. intermingling. connected. a must read for those seeking answers. —  Dr. Aischa Ahmed