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5. März 2021

Book Launch: The Blacksmith’s Daughter

Join V&Q Books to celebrate Selim Özdoğan’s English-language debut, with his translators Ayça Türkoğlu and Katy Derbyshire.

V&Q Books cordially invites you to the online launch of The Blacksmith’s Daughter, part one of the Anatolian Blues trilogy. Hosted by Florian Duijsens, live on Zoom.


About the book: Gül grows up in 1950s Anatolia and later moves to Germany as a migrant worker. Here we witness her initially idyllic childhood, ruptured by the mother’s early death. Ever close to her loving father, Gül grows into a warm-hearted, hard-working young woman. The Blacksmith’s Daughter is a novel of carefree summers and hard winters, old wives‘ tales and young people’s ambitions – the melancholy beauty and pain of an ordinary life.

About the author and translators: Selim Özdoğan was born in Germany in 1971 and has been publishing his prose since 1995, including 12 novels. He has won numerous prizes and grants, and taught creative writing at the University of Michigan.

Ayça Türkoğlu is a writer and literary translator based in North London. Her translation interests include the literature of the Turkish diaspora in Germany and minority literatures in Turkey.

Katy Derbyshire translates contemporary German writers including Olga Grjasnowa, Sharon Dodua Otoo and Heike Geissler. She teaches literary translation and also heads the V&Q Books imprint.

About the publisher: Launched in 2020, V&Q Books publish remarkable writing from Germany, for sale in the UK and Ireland.