Arnon Grunberg

Princess Fairytale


Bookstore Der Literaturladen, Potsdam. 20:00. A man in his forty’s, slightly overweight, shakes my hand as if we have been friends for years, and shouts, “how is Princess Fairytale?” Princess Fairytale is a character in one of my novels and there is something to be said to leave characters alone after the novel has been finished.
A journalist from a local newspaper will conduct an interview in front of the audience.
Most of the questions turn out to be as depressing as communism during the Honecker era.
Again there is only one comfort: Jezus did the same thing.
To win hearts and minds you have to meet retarded or otherwise unhappy people.