Lale Gül, born 1997 in Amsterdam, studies Dutch literature and culture in her hometown. Until she was 17 she attended a religious school run by the Turkey-based Islamic Millî-Görüş association. Her debut novel, first published in Dutch in 2021, focuses on the struggle for identity. On one side, a strict religious upbringing and on the other, liberal western culture. The book was a best seller and sparked much debate in the Netherlands. Gül herself received so many death threats she had to go into hiding.
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