Het nest van de spotvogel. ‘Heimat’ in Spotvogel van Hafid Bouazza

  1. Alexa Stoicescu ORCiD: 0000-0001-7381-7247


This article offers a discussion of the concept of Heimat applied to the novel Spotvogel (2009) [Mockingbird] written by the Dutch author Hafid Bouazza. It begins with an account of the German idea of Heimat, which illustrates a large spectre of meanings. It can be associated to homeland, fatherland, to a feeling of home, safety and love; it can mean something hidden and terrifying, as well as a fantasy land, a literary Arcadia. The article also offers a historic presentation of the term. The paper then analyses the different meanings of Heimat and shows how Bouazza deconstructs each one of them, while arguing for a different, less rigid interpretation of Heimat. Bouazza presents in Spotvogel a game with his readers, manipulating their conventions and expectations to show the opposite of what is expected, namely the manual to his literary kingdom.

Download article

This article

Neerlandica Wratislaviensia

23, 2013

Pages from 105 to 118

Other articles by author

Google Scholar


Your cart (products: 0)

No products in cart

Your cart Checkout