Nadia Owusu

  • Aftershocks
  • About shocks and the search for identity
  • Literature

Tanzania, Ethiopia, Italy, Uganda, England. Due to the changing places of work of her father, a Ghanaian UN employee, Nadia grows up in many countries. Each time a new language, a new home and new questions of identity. When Nadia is two years old, her mother leaves the family – when she is 13, her father dies. As a young woman, Nadia moves alone to New York. She feels homeless and frightened – and begins to piece together the fragments of her identity by writing. The consequences of war, genocide and colonialism are deeply imprinted in her memories of childhood and family history.

Nadia Owusu, born in 1981, is a Ghanaian-Armenian-American writer and urban planner. Her book Aftershocks (2021) was named one of the best books of 2021 by Time Magazine, The Guardian, and also by Barack Obama, among others. She writes for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

Language: English

In cooperation with Literaturherbst Heidelberg

Foto: Jenna Pace

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