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Politics and Literary Capital in Tomer Gardi's Broken German

Almog, Yael

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The article investigates the solidarity between minority groups as a catalyst of literary capital. Tomer Gardi’s novel Broken German (2016) was viewed enthusiastically by literary critics as a bold political statement, since it entertains that immigrants may hold an affinity towards each other based on their exclusion from German culture. However, the novel also alerts us to the hierarchical consideration of immigrants in Germany, complicating the parallel between minority groups that diverge from each other starkly on economic terms. The novel thus forestalls the debates sparked by its publication, which approached its disjointed language as a gimmick and questioned its literary quality.

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Almog, Y. (2022). Politics and Literary Capital in Tomer Gardi's Broken German. German Studies Review, 45(3), 557-576

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 3, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2022
Publication Date 2022-10
Deposit Date Dec 7, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 9, 2022
Journal German Studies Review
Print ISSN 2164-8646
Electronic ISSN 2164-8646
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 3
Pages 557-576
Publisher URL https://muse.jhu.edu/article/868152

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