Karosh Taha

born in 1987 in Zaxo, Iraq, has lived in Germany since 1997.
Her essays have appeared in various literary magazines. In
the Belly of the Queen is her second novel and won her the
Alfred Döblin Prize. Karosh Taha lives in Cologne.

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Karosh Taha

Amal shocks the whole neighbourhood by beating up her classmate Younes. Her father defends her behaviour and encourages her to assert herself. From then on everyone avoids Amal – and then her father leaves. Searching in vain for an explanation, Amal finds unexpected refuge with Younes and his mother Shahira, both outsiders like her. Years