When I took a walk yesterday, I felt very uneasy. Prefabs! In these high-rises ›headscarves‹ and ›gangsta‹ live. And then it happened: Three guys were standing in a doorway – they all looked quite nasty. They were arguing. »Hey, you faggot, don’t ever do that again«, Then the spokesman hit the thinnest one – I could only see his back and shoulder long dark hair – the third guy was just standing next to it, laughing and not doing anything. »Get off! Take cover! Afyan« someone shouted – I also rushed to get away – Is it always like this around here?
The first love, the dreams in puberty, the changes in the environment, the perception of own interests: a novel for young adults aged 16 years, evolving around the sexual identities of two boys – in a German-Turkish relationship, in the middle of Germany. The background for this story is the realistic description of life in a prefab high-rise and the difficulties of appreciation among cultures.
Jannis Plastargias was born in 1975 in Kehl/ Rhein and is the son of Greek guest workers. After acquiring a teacher’s degree for primary and secondary school in the subjects German, Catholic Religion and Biology followed a supplementary graduate education with a focus on intercultural education and a postgraduate study in Publishing and Media Practice at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.
He was a social school worker in Karlsruhe, an educational assistant at the Erich Kästner-Schule in Darmstadt-Kranichstein and coordinator of a nationwide project to improve the labor market opportunities of people with a migration background.
Jannis Plastargias is a member of Textwerkstatt Darmstadt, a juror at Young Writer’s Award ›Golden Leslie‹, cultural editor at ›Radiosub‹, the gay and lesbian magazine at Radio X and member of the board of ›Say! eV‹, an association for improving language and reading skills of disadvantaged youth. He blogs at http://schmerzwach.blogspot.com.
Publications at Größenwahn Verlag:
›Dear Kim‹ Epistolary Novel, August 2014
›Love and other painful experiences‹ 16 heartbeats, Editor/Collector of Anthology, June 2013
›Dinner is ready, dear‹ 18 erotic recipes, Editor/Collector of Anthology, July 2014