THE THINGS I AM THINKING WHILE SMILING POLITELY
Sharon Dodua Otoo
She married a German man, the most beautiful man, and proudly carried his name until it turned out that his other wife was being deported. In 'the things I think while smiling politely', Sharon Dodua Otoo tells of a bitter loss, a relentless record and a courageous, defiant and strong-willed woman who reinvents herself.
Sharon Dodua Otoo was born in London in 1972 and lives in Berlin. She is a black british woman, mother, activist, author and editor of the English language book series "Witnessed" (edition assemblage). "the things i think while smiling politely" was her first novel, published in English in 2012 and in German in 2013. It was followed by 'Synchronicity' (2014). In 2016 she received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize with her text "Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin".
SERIES: "Das Problem heisst Rassismus"
The reading is part of the programme series "Das Problem heißt Rassismus", which is organised by the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr in cooperation with The Silent University & the Bahnhof Langendreer Bochum Kulturzentrum. The series deals with racism in its various forms, which are also interwoven with other power and violence relationships, and shows possibilities of active action, resistance and empowerment.