“Where it says World Literature it means Western Literature.” Whether it’s about reviews in magazines, academic seminars, best-seller lists of the “most important” works or about school texts, the literary contribution by authors from Asia, Africa and Latinamerica are mostly sidelined – through ignorance and many other reasons. In his well-informed essay, author and journalist Gerrit Wustmann shows not only what we are missing but also how one-sided reading distorts our world view.
The late 1960s in Frankfurt are politically and socially turbulent times during which old certainties start to falter. This is particularly true for Mahtab who arrived from Iran a decade earlier with her husband and their three kids.
She finds herself caught on the horns of more than one dilemma. Torn between the values she grew up with and the freedoms and shallowness of the modern western life, she has to stand her ground and find her own moral compass.
The beautifully illustrated story is about a young Palestinian girl who loves to paint but who has lost her home due to war. Through recreating her house in a rainbow of watercolours she finds freedom in the world of her imagination and creates beauty from pain.