FROM WILLIAMSBURG TO BERLIN

Unorthodox author makes her home in the German capital.

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May 3, 2018 20:34
AUTHOR DEBORAH FELDMAN during an interview at the ‘Erlanger Poetenfest 2016’ literature festival

AUTHOR DEBORAH FELDMAN during an interview at the ‘Erlanger Poetenfest 2016’ literature festival. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Upon first arriving in Berlin on November 24, 2014, Deborah Feldman and her eight-year-old son landed in the “Gaza Strip.”

At least that’s what some Berliners call Sonnenallee Street in Neukölln, a slowly gentrifying Berlin district with a sizable Arab/Muslim population. Sonnenallee feels like it could belong in Wadi Ara, with bakeries serving baklava, shwarma joints and bridal shops all advertised in Arabic. And, of course, there are the coffee shops where (mostly) Arab men smoke hookahs and drink coffee in lieu of alcohol. Men are often seen walking in posses; the women, covered.

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