THE GERMAN CROCODILE

Ijoma Alexander Mangold has dark skin, tightly curled dark hair and grew up in the 1970s; his mother is from Silesia while his father is from Nigeria. As agreed on, his father returned to Nigeria shortly after completing his training as a paediatric surgeon to start a new family there. Written by one of Germany’s best literary critics, Ijoma Mangold’s memoir details the author’s childhood in Germany. How did people experience their young years in a country where they were often referred to as a “mulatto” ? How does it feel to grow up without a father? What is the relationship between class and race?

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