Que Du Luu, Germany

Que Du Luu was born in 1973 in Saigon (South Vietnam) and is of Chinese descent. Like millions of other so-called “boat people”, she fled the country with her family after the Vietnam War via the South China Sea. After spending nearly a year in a Thai refugee camp, her family found a new home in Westphalia, where Que Du Luu's parents opened a restaurant. After graduating from high school, she studied German philology and philosophy. She earned her living with side jobs in catering, in nursing, or by working the night shift in a psychiatric ward.

In 2006 she published her first book Totalschaden (total loss). Her novel Vielleicht will ich alles (Maybe I want it all) followed in 2011. For her writing she was  awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize and the Kranichstein Youth Literature Scholarship, among other awards. She lives in Bielefeld.

Que Du Luu will be accompanied by Jutta Reusch, head of library services at  the International Youth Library.

© Thomas Siekmann