Purple Jacaranda

Claude-Hélène MayerStephan Wolting (Editor)

Purple Jacaranda

Narrations on transcultural identity development

2016,  248  pages,  paperback,  19,90 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-3350-2

With contributions by
Blandine BizyGregory BondChristian Martin BonessOrna Braun-LewensohnDavid CastletonAnna ChitaMelisa ChoubakClifford H. ClarkeAden-Paul FlotmanElias JammalDominika KrysztofowiczAshutosh KumarRashelle LitchmoreMandar Shrikrishna PurandareSaba SafdarOliver SpatzEva TeshajevUlrich van der Heyden

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Stories and autobiographical narrations have particular importance in society, whether they are told, shared or just listened to.

For “Purple Jacaranda”, Claude-Hélène Mayer and Stephan Wolting have gathered 19 narrations of authors about their own experiences as migrants. Coming from different parts of the world, they tell stories about struggles, development, doubt, challenges, hope and empowerment, sometimes amusing the reader and then again containing a saddening or thought-provoking undertone. These creative works are set in various cultural contexts such as for example Germany, Australia, South Africa, America, India or Hungary and describe how life experiences in different countries contribute to and influence the development of transcultural identities.

“Purple Jacaranda” is a must for readers interested in transcultural stories, creative writing and identity development in cultural and transcultural contexts.


Together with 18 contributing authors Mayer and Wolting have compiled 19 quite diverse individual transcultural accounts, perceptions and identity developments. That gives us a pool of first hand shared experiences with a glimpse into the joys, challenges and emotions that transcultural individuals encounter and have to cope with. The unique ways and solutions can encourage us, serve as role models or lead to deeper insight.
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