Dean Martin RBorn in 1955 in Menziken, Switzerland. Following his A Levels, Martin travelled extensively, to the Caribbean, Portugal, Italy and Greece, with extended stays in the South of France and frequent visits to Paris. He studied German, Ethnology and Philosophy at Basel University, where he graduated. Since 1982 he published over a dozen books, novels, essays, memoirs and textbooks, and received many prizes and awards. He is a teacher at a secondary school in Muttenz near Basel. From 2009 to 2016 Martin taught creative writing at Schweizerisches Literaturinstitut in Biel and at Literaturhaus Basel.

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BOOKS
81935 Platzhalter

WARUM WIR ZUSAMMEN SIND

Novel
Jung & Jung (2019)

WHY WE'RE TOGETHER

 

Martin R. Dean Verbeugung vor Spiegeln

VERBEUGUNG VOR SPIEGELN
Über das Eigene und das Fremde

Essay
Jung & Jung (2015)


France: Les Editions de Circé

BOWING TO MIRRORS
On the Proper and the Foreign

You would think that the foreign is everywhere. There's hardly a subject in the news or in private conversations that is as hotly debated as the foreign: how to ward it off, how to regulate it, how to integrate it. Born in Switzerland to a father from Trinidad, Martin R. Dean knows what this debate feels like and has made it the subject of many of his novels. In this volume of essays, Dean describes being foreign as a radical form of self-awareness. Tracing his own transformation, he is looking to understand how foreignness in life and in literature made him who he is. And he comes to a surprising conclusion: The foreign, the essential capital of the modern world, is about to disappear in the processes of globalisation. To win it back, we must insist on keeping the foreign foreign - we have to endure it. And we have to give up trying to get it out ready.