„Türke von Geburt“ und „Staatsbürger der Bundesrepublik“
Überlegungen zum irregulären Lebenslauf von Jakob Arjounis Privatermittler Kemal Kayankaya
With his first crime novel Happy birthday, Turk! (1985) Jakob Arjouni established a private investigator with a migration background, but whose lifestyle does not differ from that of the indigenous population. The aim of my contribution is to use statements by Jakob Arjouni himself, as well as a collage of the biographical data on Kemal Kayankaya scattered throughout the five crime novels, to show that while the serial hero has developed a bicultural self-confidence, often stylized as a metaphor of his cultural hybridity, more importantly he takes a post-integrative perspective, resulting from his gradual assimilation into German culture and society which began in his childhood and was completed in the course of his adolescence.
Keywords: Third Person • Hybrid Identity • German Crime Novel • Third Space • Jakob Arjouni • Kemal Kayankaya • Migrant Literature