Mithu Sanyal

  • Identitti
  • Literature

“What a mercilessly funny search for identity that spares nothing and no one. You’re not only smarter after reading it – you’re also guaranteed to be in a better mood.” (Alina Bronsky)

What a scandal: Prof. Dr. Saraswati is WHITE! It doesn’t get any worse than that. Because the professor of Postcolonial Studies in Düsseldorf was just the supergoddess of all debates about identity – and described herself as a person of color. As if Sally Rooney, Beyoncé and Frantz Fanon were watching Sex Education together, a hunt for “real” belonging begins.
As the web hounds Saraswati and demos call for her dismissal, her student Nivedita asks her most intimate questions.

Mithu Sanyal writes with delightful self-irony and liberating knowledge. No one leaves the spin cycle of this novel as he or she entered it.

Dr. Mithu Sanyal was born in Düsseldorf in 1971 and is a cultural scientist, author, journalist and critic. In 2009, she published her non-fiction book Vulva. The Invisible Sex, 2016 Rape. Aspects of a Crime. In 2021, Hanser Verlag will publish her first novel Identitti.

Moderation and discussion: Leyla Jagiella, ethnologist and religious scholar.

In the series Young Voices at LiZ

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