What does it do to you to come to a foreign city? How do you start life there? And how do you manage to reconcile your past, your present and your future?
The British-Ugandan author Musa Okwonga tells in his autofictional novel about arriving in Berlin and finding your way there as a person of color, about making friends, playing soccer, falling in and out of love, experiencing the magic of voodoo, eating cake and working as a writer. It was always about love is a touching, personal and poetic text about dating, love and sexuality, about racism and alienation, about loss and self-acceptance. And about the search for a home, for a place where one feels comfortable and secure and where skin color doesn't matter, somewhere between Uganda, London and Berlin.
»He does what the best writers do: he writes from the heart. I am a fan.«
»Musa is precise and all-encompassing at the same time. His poetry is intimate and wise, passionate and beautiful.«
»Fascinating and deeply moving. Smart, generous, and harrowingly accurate.«
Musa Okwonga, born in London in 1979, is a British-Ugandan writer, journalist, and musician. Okwonga has written numerous essays and articles on culture, racism, gender, music, sports, politics, and technology. His writing has appeared in The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Statesman, and The New York Times, among others, as well as in Die Zeit and taz. He has published two books on soccer, as well as a volume of poetry. He has lived in Berlin-Friedrichshain since 2014.
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