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Peer Martin (Author), Büro Süd GmbH (Illustrator)

Sommer unter schwarzen Flügeln

The Summer of Black Wings

An eye-opening book: unsettling, poetic, socially enlightening.
Socially enlightening young adult literature of the very highest standard
Nuri is from Syria and lives at a home for asylum seekers. Calvin lives just a few doors down the road and is a member of a right-wing teenage gang. When the two meet each other, Nuri tells him about her native village on the edge of the desert and how beautiful it was, but that then the wings of evil swooped down and cast their shadow across the land. The more Calvin learns about the girl with the dark eyes, the more he falls in love with her. Calvin decides to leave his gang – but getting away from his old friends isn’t so easy.
A moving love story amid social conflict, full of poetry and beauty. A painfully frank portrait of society with a Romeo and Juliet story all its own.

SUMMER UNDER BLAC WINGS won the German Youth Literature Award in 2016!

“With deep insight Peer Martin depicts the ground on which hatred grows, and in precise detail he describes the mechanisms at work within the group. This makes the story credible. But Martin’s novel is much more than an educational work. It is gripping and moving, and it takes its life from characters one does not want to be parted from.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“A multilayered book that makes the reader sit up and think; an incitement to resist every form of Neo-Nazism.” (Büchermagazin 04/2015)

  • Recommended age: 16 +
  • ISBN: 978-3-7891-4297-0
  • Published: 20.02.2015
  • Pages: 496
  • Publisher: Verlag Friedrich Oetinger
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Peer Martin

Peer Anders Martin was born in Hanover in 1968. After studying education and social science, he spent many years working with young people. His experiences and conversations with a Syrian friend finally prompted him to write his first novel, which took shape on many long walks along Baltic beaches, where he first told the story to his patient dog, Lola. He recently moved to Quebec with his wife, three...

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