Teaching German During the Arab Spring

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Where am I from, ask the Arabs: “Woher kommen Sie, Sai-ed Maruan,” and I answer that I’m from Germany, but that I’m also from Palestine. Had I ever been to Palestine, the Arabs want to know. I’ve been to Palestine once, I answer. And we can get started with learning German now, maybe, I add more quietly.

Maruan Paschen writes about being a German teacher of Palestinian origins in Libya during the Arab Spring in a great short story, translated by Amanda DeMarco, over at The Offing.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →