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9. Blood, Sweat and Fears: Investigating the Other in Contemporary German Crime Fiction

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With his first crime novel Happy birthday, Turk! (1985) Jakob Arjouni established a private investigator with a migration background, but whose lifestyle does not differ from that of the indigenous population. The aim of my contribution is to use statements by Jakob Arjouni himself, as well as a collage of the biographical data on Kemal Kayankaya scattered throughout the five crime novels, to show that while the serial hero has developed a bicultural self-confidence, often stylized as a metaphor of his cultural hybridity, more importantly he takes a post-integrative perspective, resulting from his gradual assimilation into German culture and society which began in his childhood and was completed in the course of his adolescence.
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