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Jad Turjman Karim El-Gawhary (Foreword by) Vladimir Vertlib (Afterword by) - When the Jasmine Puts Down Roots

How I learned to find home within myself

The follow-up to the bestselling "When the Jasmine Leaves" goes straight to the heart.

In "When the Jasmine Puts Down Roots", Jad Turjman explains what happened to him after he successfully fled Syria and made a new home in Austria. He reflects on the differences and commonalities between the two cultures, the linguistic gaffes that Syrians learning German can make, and the racism that has sometimes confronted him. Of course, Austrians and their quirks also come under the microscope, and his outsider’s viewpoint is often highly illuminating. Turjman explores how a person can process traumatic events and describes his personal experience of therapy. The follow-up to his bestselling "When the Jasmine Leaves" is multi-layered, humorous and profound.

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256 pages
format:140 x 215
ISBN: 9783701735617
Release date: 13.09.2022

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Jad Turjman

Born in Damascus in 1989, Turjman studied English literature and worked for the Damascus city administration until fleeing his country in 2014. Settling in Salzburg in 2015, he was employed by the Workers' Samaritan Foundation until 2018 and went on to work for the 'Heroes' project. His first book, “When the jasmine leaves – The story of my escape” (2019), became a success and Turjman has given countless public readings since its publication. He has been performing his first solo show – “Der Flüchtling Ihres Vertrauens” (The refugee of your trust) – since 2019. Most recently published: "Der Geruch der Seele" (Scent of the Soul) (2021), "Wenn der Jasmin wurzeln schlägt" (When the Jasmine Puts Down Roots) (2022).


Karim El-Gawhary (Foreword by)

geboren 1963 in München. Seit 1991 Nahost-Korrespondent für verschiedene deutschsprachige Zeitungen, seit 2004 Leiter des ORF-Nahostbüros in Kairo. Zuvor fünf Jahre als Vertreter des ARD-Rundfunkstudios in Kairo tätig. 2011 erhielt er den „Concordia Presse-Preis“, 2012 wurde er zum Auslandsjournalisten des Jahres gewählt, 2013 zum Journalist des Jahres in Österreich, 2018 erhielt er den Axel-Corti-Preis.

Vladimir Vertlib (Afterword by)

born in Leningrad in 1966. His family emigrated to Israel in 1971, then successively moved to Italy, Holland and the US before settling in Austria in 1981. Vertlib studied economics and has lived in Salzburg and Vienna as an author since 1993. His works encompass novels, short stories, essays and articles. In 2001, he received the Adelbert von Chamisso fellowship grant as well as the Anton Wildgans prize. Vertlib's works include the novel 'Lucia Binar und die russische Seele', which was longlisted for the 2015 Deutscher Buchpreis. His novel 'Zebra im Krieg' is published in February 2022.


Seine Texte haben mich berührt und fasziniert.
[Quelle: Barbara Stöckl, KRONE]

In „Wenn der Jasmin Wurzeln schlägt“ erzählt der im Sommer tödlich verunglückte Autor klug und mit Witz vom Ankommen in Österreich. (...) Unzählige Sätze möchte man sich und Politkern ins Stammbuch schreiben.
[Quelle: Michael Wurmitzer, DER STANDARD]

Mit Turjman findet man zu schönen Erkenntnissen, weit von Culture Clash entfernt, dafür von einer humanistischen Betrachtung getragen, die etwas Verbindendes, Versöhnliches haben.

Alles in allem ist es ein Buch, das zum Nachdenken und Nachfühlen anregt und einen anderen Blick auf die Diskussion um die Flüchtlingsfrage bietet.

Diese Fähigkeit des Autors ist es, die „Wenn der Jasmin Wurzeln schlägt“ unter anderem so bestechend macht: Politische Kritik nicht an der Oberfläche zu belassen und etwa nur auf Symptome einzugehen, sondern Unterdrückungsmechanismen eindeutig zu benennen. (...) Dass der Witz, entlarvend, selbstironisch, situativ, immer wieder Platz findet, ohne dabei Inhaltliches zu bagatellisieren, ist etwas, das Jad Turjman gelingt wie wenigen anderen.
[Quelle: Katherina Braschel, ZWISCHENWELT]

Turjman hat wirklich sehr spannende, sehr intensive Bücher geschrieben. Er hat eine Form von, ich sag einmal, sehr poetisch-essayistischer Schreibweise dafür gewählt und hat es wirklich geschafft, die Lebenswelt von meistens sprach- und stimmlosen Menschen – nämlich Flüchtlingen – auch den Österreichern und Österreicherinnen nahe zu bringen. Ich würde diese beiden Bücher sehr empfehlen, nicht nur, weil man Jad Turjman nicht vergessen sollte, sondern auch, weil man sein Schreiben definitiv in Erinnerung behalten soll.
[Quelle: Theodora Bauer, LITERATOUR, SERVUS TV]

Jad Turjman kommt nach weiteren Umwegen schließlich in Salzburg an, später wird er sich eine wichtige Frage stellen: „Werde ich ohne Jasmin je wieder leben können?“ (S. 237) Die Antwort darauf finden wir in seinem letzten Buch.
[Quelle: Christina Repolust, APROPOS]

Die Geschichte seiner Flucht erschien als „Wenn der Jasmin auswandert“ 2019 beim Residenz Verlag und wurde bereits zum fünften Mal neu aufgelegt. Sie werden auch „Wenn der Jasmin Wurzeln schlägt“ nicht weglegen wollen, denn Jad Turjman war ein fantastischer Erzähler.

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There is a longing. A longing for a certain sensation, for a home town called Damascus, for the smell of jasmine. Jad Turjman is a young Syrian who enjoys his life to the full until war breaks out. When his call-up order arrives, he is quick to decide: fleeing to Europe is his only option if he wants to escape certain death. His chosen path is risky and arduous, but he encounters five "guardian angels" along the way. Eventually Turjman arrives in a place that he did not seek, where he is able to plant his jasmine again. Jad Turjman describes his escape with unparalleled intensity and sharp humour, subjecting the reader to a roller-coaster of emotions. Breathtaking.

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