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"Gotha Library Scholarship" for Maryam Goudarzi

The exiled author Maryam Goudarzi, who lives in Hamburg, is coming to Gotha in September – to spend a month researching in the Gotha Research Library on Friedenstein Castle with the support of the "Gotha Library Scholarship". After Yulia Marfutova and Rainer Merkel, she is now the third recipient of the scholarship worth 1500 euros, which is awarded by the "Kulturstiftung Thüringen", the "Friends of the Gotha Research Library" (Freundeskreis der Forschungsbibliothek Gotha), the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt and the Literary Society of Thuringia.

Maryam Goudarzi was born in Iran in 1980 and began working as a freelance writer and journalist after studying Persian literature in Tehran. Her first novel "Between Two Mirrors" was banned from publication by the Iranian Ministry of Culture. Since then, freelance work became increasingly difficult for her, so that the author emigrated to Germany in 2021.

At the Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt, the Iranian author now wants to use the holdings of the emigrant letter collection for her current novel project, which is dedicated to the topic of "migration" from the perspective of different ethnicities and nationalities, and thus also focus on migration of past centuries.

With the "Gotha Library Scholarship", the cooperation partners would like to give national as well as international authors the opportunity to come to Gotha once a year for their literary projects and to work with the collections of the Gotha Research Library.