Monika Maron

    is a German writer. Between 1955 and 1963 her stepfather Karl Maron was the GDR’s Minister of the Interior. She studied theatre and worked as an assistant director and journalist. Emigrating from the GDR in 1988, she moved to Hamburg and returned to Berlin in 1993. She won recognition with her first novel Flugasche (Flight of Ashes) about the environmental impact of open-cast coalmining in Bitterfeld. She has written a number of books, often grappling with German history and its impact on personal experience. Pavel’s Letters; Silent Close No.6 and Animal Trieste have appeared in English translation. “The reason I started dealing with Islam is related to my experience with the Left following my arrival in the West. Some of these people still regarded the GDR as the better alternative: I had betrayed a utopia they were reluctant to part with. It was as if my own conflict had been misappropriated. And I see parallels here with the attitude to secular Muslims who criticize the ideology of Islam and caution against Islamic organizations’ policies. Female critics of the Islam such as Necla Kelek are denied their own argument through claims that they fan discontent and poison wells by demanding the rights guaranteed by law for all citizens of this country, including Muslim women and girls.”